Pastoral ministry requires the ability to withstand the emotional stresses of life and to respond appropriately across the wide range of human emotion. It involves the ability to be "present" and empathetic to others and bounce back from adversity.
"Myths about Clergy Burnout." Tom Nees. An article that identifies a number of myths about clergy burnout without denying the challenging realities of ministry today. (article)
PastorServe.com: Through our unique partnership with Jimmy Dodd of PastorServe , Wesleyan pastors are being offered two annual subscription packages. PastorCare packages include up to 8 sessions of personal coaching, two-hour marriage check-up with certified counselor, quarterly e-letter for dealing pre-emptively with conflict, and possible district training event. The second package (PastorCare+) also includes a four-days/three nights vacation at a high quality retreat center in Tennessee.
Flourishing in Ministry is a project at Notre Dame University, focused on the well-being of clergy and their families, with whom Education & Clergy Development is partnering. This project examines what motivates pastors and priests to be engaged in ministry—and what disrupts them from experiencing well-being in their work. In our research, we attempt to explore how clergy—often working with lean resources—can give so much to others, and experience a sense of fulfillment and growth in their daily work lives.
The Psychology of Happiness: Kim Gaines Eckert. A Christianity Today article on the nature of happiness, happiness studies, and how we experience it. (article)