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When I left local church ministry almost forty years ago to return to graduate school and become a family therapist, my father the preacher was visibly wounded.  “Son,” he said, “I am disappointed to see you leaving the ministry.”  I replied, “Dad, I am leaving church work to enter the ministry.”  In the event that my father and I have offended clergy or counselors present, let me share two factors that influenced that brief dialogue: 1. My Dad had made psychologists the target of many sermons.  2. I had ended up in an administrative position in a large urban congregation and felt far removed from those I felt called to serve. Full Story »