Spiritual Life and Leadership

82. Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church

September 29, 2020 Markus Watson
Spiritual Life and Leadership
82. Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church
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Spiritual Life and Leadership
82. Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church
Sep 29, 2020
Markus Watson

Chuck DeGroat has written a fantastic book titled, When Narcissism Comes to Church, which he unpacks for us in this episode.

Most of us who are in positions of spiritual leadership have some tendencies toward narcissism.  Many of us want to be loved and respected--and sometimes we think of ourselves as pretty awesome.

But then there are those who are truly narcissistic, who are so unhealthy that they leave a wake of misery and destruction in their ministries.


THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Pastoral Care at Western Theological Seminary and author of When Narcissism Comes to Church.
  • As a young pastor, Chuck started to notice the way narcissistic pastors were preferred.
  • Chuck DeGroat discusses why the church is a breeding ground for narcissism.
  • The church has a strange love affair with power, despite the fact that our faith is based on the crucified One.
  • Chuck DeGroat explains what he means by “healthy narcissism.”  Children, for instance, need to believe they are the center of their parents’ world.  A certain narcissism is developmentally appropriate for children at that age.
  • Richard Rohr uses the language of “first half of life” and “second half of life” to refer to healthy narcissism.
  • Chuck DeGroat describes how narcissism manifests itself in the church.
  • Serving in a church led by a narcissist can be a traumatic experience.
  • Pastors need to be “wounded healers,” as Henri Nouwen said.
  • Markus shares how he has grown to care for people more than he used to.
  • If you are serving under a narcissistic leader, it’s helpful to get therapy for yourself to unpack what is going on.
  • Chuck DeGroat shares his own experience of spiritual growth as he has studied narcissism.
  • You can find out more about Chuck DeGroat at chuckdegroat.net.


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Show Notes

Chuck DeGroat has written a fantastic book titled, When Narcissism Comes to Church, which he unpacks for us in this episode.

Most of us who are in positions of spiritual leadership have some tendencies toward narcissism.  Many of us want to be loved and respected--and sometimes we think of ourselves as pretty awesome.

But then there are those who are truly narcissistic, who are so unhealthy that they leave a wake of misery and destruction in their ministries.


THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Pastoral Care at Western Theological Seminary and author of When Narcissism Comes to Church.
  • As a young pastor, Chuck started to notice the way narcissistic pastors were preferred.
  • Chuck DeGroat discusses why the church is a breeding ground for narcissism.
  • The church has a strange love affair with power, despite the fact that our faith is based on the crucified One.
  • Chuck DeGroat explains what he means by “healthy narcissism.”  Children, for instance, need to believe they are the center of their parents’ world.  A certain narcissism is developmentally appropriate for children at that age.
  • Richard Rohr uses the language of “first half of life” and “second half of life” to refer to healthy narcissism.
  • Chuck DeGroat describes how narcissism manifests itself in the church.
  • Serving in a church led by a narcissist can be a traumatic experience.
  • Pastors need to be “wounded healers,” as Henri Nouwen said.
  • Markus shares how he has grown to care for people more than he used to.
  • If you are serving under a narcissistic leader, it’s helpful to get therapy for yourself to unpack what is going on.
  • Chuck DeGroat shares his own experience of spiritual growth as he has studied narcissism.
  • You can find out more about Chuck DeGroat at chuckdegroat.net.


RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:


Instructions to leave a review of Spiritual Life and Leadership:

  • Click HERE.
  • Click on the link that says, "Listen on Apple Podcasts."
  • In the window that opens, click the button that says, "Open Link."  This will open iTunes.
  • To the right of the Spiritual Life and Leadership logo, click "Ratings and Reviews."
  • Under the heading, "Customer Reviews," click on the button that says, "Write a Review."
  • Select the number of stars and write your review.
  • Click submit.

I'd be so grateful if you did this.  Thank you!


Support the show (http://patreon.com/markuswatson)