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)
The Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge For Serving Well
Ronald D. Sisk
What does it mean to say that a pastor is competent? And how does a competent pastor function? This book is intended to help pastors, seminarians, and lay people who work with pastors understand and answer these two questions.
Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry
R. M. Oswald
Oswald identifies specific stressors in ministry and strategies for personal wellness.
Joy and Positive Perspective:
Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make you Happier
Emmons demonstrates how living a life of gratitude can lead to impressive healthful benefits.