Our culture is obsessed with pathology. The moment you feel a symptom you rush to WebMD to find out that you think you have some rare South American fungus that is stopping up your intestines.
Anyone who studies abnormal psychology walks away thinking they have a dozen psychological disorders.
No one goes to the doctor and the doctor says, “What is going well with you today?”
They ask you what “brought you in”.
We are obsessed with what is wrong. What is wrong is good to know but it is insufficient for solving problems. Imagine the doctor sends you out with a diagnosis but no prescription!?!
Knowledge is power, we tell ourselves, and knowing what ails you gives you some sense of comfort or control but there is still a missing piece.
We have clinicians and diagnosticians but few therapists in church leadership. We need more people painting a picture of what health actually looks like rather than spending ALL of our time obsessing over what the problems are.
Both are necessary – but only the later gets the attention.
I can write an article titled, “12 problems with the Church of Christ” and get all kinds of views. Or I can write an article explaining what healthy eldership looks like…something that might actually lead to health…and get crickets.
Moving forward is going to be difficult until we not only understand our problems but get a deeper insight into what health looks like.
Those who need help the most won’t listen to what the problems are or ask questions like,
How do healthy leaders operate? What do healthy elderships look like? You get the idea…
We need to spend far more time focusing on health…if anyone will stop to listen it might just work!