Seasoned Pastor Reflects on Pastoral Relationship Hurts and Healing

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Author David E. Watson became “The Lost Shepherd” but publishes his spiritual journey back home to prevent any pastor or flock from suffering the same pain

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Many may have read from the bible the famous parable of “The Lost Sheep,” but here is a remarkably inspiring true story about “The Lost Shepherd.” He is lost not because of his own wrongdoing, but because of a flock who refuses to heed its shepherd’s own voice.

From the Rev. David E. Watson, a seasoned pastor of three different states who has gone through the ups and downs of shepherding a flock, They Said I Should Leave is a uniquely revealing book that deals with hurts in pastoral relationships. Watson publishes this autobiographical work in an attempt to bring to surface some of the problems which stem from growth pains in churches.

“It is with pain and anguish that I have set forth the following pages from my experience of the pastoral ministry, the ordeal of being dismissed as the pastor of a church I dearly loved,” writes Watson, in the Preface of his book. “I hope that others, laymen and pastors, will be helped by my own experience.”

Watson brings to the surface how leaders can become involved in a power struggle and forget people to the point of even manipulating them and using them as pawns on a chess board. He also reveals how personal growth can take place when one is dealing with being asked to leave. The suffering and devastation of people caught up in the struggle which occurs in the friction of pastoral relationships is clearly shown to be that which can be prevented.

More than about hurts, They Said I Should Leave is truly about healing. People who read this book will be helped and led to an understanding which can aid in the prevention of such troubles in the church. Those who have gone through such trauma will surely shed tears of confession and joy.

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About the Author
David E. Watson is the 11th child of 17 children born to the late Rev. Frank L. Watson and Eula Bond Watson. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. Watson was ordained by the Murfreesboro Presbytery in 1966. He was the pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tennessee in the mid 1980s and he retired as a minister after serving as pastor of churches for approximately 40 years.

They Said I Should Leave* by David E. Watson
Publication Date: July 11, 2012
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