Though I am extending this invitation specifically to the Unity community of credentialed leaders, I offer it to any who are in the work of New Thought ministry.
I began working as an associate minister in 1979, the year I entered seminary. Ordained in 1981, I have served five different ministries. My overall experience in ministry – church, writing and music – has been extremely rewarding. Knowing that I have presented teachings that help transform lives in positively significant ways is deeply satisfying.
There is, however, a darker side to ministry that often leaves leaders questioning their choice of profession, their faith in God and even their faith in themselves. Spiritual leaders commonly come under attack from people they once considered the greatest supporters of their work. Though some of these attacks are warranted, extensive investigation into my own former organization revealed that many are not. They often grow out of petty power struggles between spiritual leaders and individuals who assert their influence to gain personal control rather than advance the greater good of the ministry itself. Under such conditions, a minister or spiritual leader can feel extremely isolated and unsupported, even by their own parent organization.
If you are a spiritual leader in such a position, I invite you to reach out to me for confidential support and encouragement. As a way of helping advance the teaching to which we have devoted our lives, I want to assure you that you are not losing your mind and you did not draw this situation because of something in your consciousness. You are likely experiencing it simply because this is an untold aspect of ministry that many would rather not discuss. It’s important that you know you are not alone.
If you know a minister or spiritual leader who is engaged in this type of challenge, please pass this link to them.
Warmest blessings to you and your ministry,
Rev. J Douglas Bottorff