the shape of leadership

How to Handle Grief and Loss after COVID

A conversation with Peter Scazzero, author of ‘Emotionally Healthy Discipleship’

George P Wood on April 1, 2021


The past year has been tough one. Millions have experienced grief and loss as a result of the COVID pandemic. Unfortunately, many American Christians have a hard time processing these negative experiences. “When we fail to attend to them,” Peter Scazzero writes, “they prevent us from living freely and honestly with God and others.”

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, I’m talking to Scazzero about how Christians — especially Christian leaders — can process grief and loss after COVID. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence magazine and your host.

Peter Scazzero is cofounder of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship with his wife, Geri. Its mission is to “equip church leaders to lead from their inner life with Christ and move to raise up mature disciples in their church, community and the world.” He is author of The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, and a new book, Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, published March 30 by Zondervan.

This episode of the Influence Podcast is brought to you by My Healthy Church, distributors of Bible Engagement Project.

Most people have access to the Bible, but few regularly engage with it. Bible Engagement Project equips churches with digital Bible study resources to help people of all ages read and understand Scripture so they can become more like Jesus and live radically changed lives. Bible Engagement Project is available in both English and Spanish.

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