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.

RENEWAL:

"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)

Pastors at Risk: Help for Pastors, Hope for the Church

H.B. London & Neil B.Wiseman

Renewal strategies for pastors who are feeling overwhelmed with the demands of pastoral ministry.

Pastors at Greater Risk: Real Help for Pastors from Pastors Who Have Been There

H.B. London & Neil B.Wiseman

A sequel to Pastors at Risk.

Rebuilding Your Broken World

Gordon MacDonald

MacDonald cites causes of emotional, moral and spiritual collapse and counsel for restoration, renewal and prevention for the future.

A Pastor's Guide for the Shadow of Depression

Gary Lovejoy

A concise guide to depression and strategies for prevention and renewal.


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.

SELF CARE:

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 Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge for Serving Well

Ronald Sisk

An excellent resource for identifying the personal competencies and self-awareness needed for a lifetime of ministry.

Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry

R. M. Oswald

Oswald identifies specific stressors in ministry and strategies for personal wellness.

The Wounded Minister: Healing From and Preventing Personal Attacks

Guy Greenfield

For pastors who experience abusive lay leaders, this book offers guidance for personal healing from wounds and how to establish a church culture that can prevent clergy from abuse.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Peter Scazzero

Scazzero makes a strong case for the link between emotional health and spiritual maturity and wisdom for developing wholeness. A highly influential book.

JOY AND POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE:

The Psychology of Happiness: Kim Gaines Eckert. A Christianity Today article on the nature of happiness, happiness studies, and how we experience it. (article)

Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make you Happier

Robert Emmons

Emmons demonstrates how living a life of gratitude can lead to impressive healthful benefits.

Cultivating Gratitude. Robert Emmons#


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