Reflecting God’s triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others. Too much isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, a sense of abandonment, and distorted perceptions. Cultivating healthy relationships with spouse, family, and a circle of close friends helps ensure personal support and contributes to happiness and well-being.
Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls
Eclov helps pastors realize their main role of being channels of God’s grace into the lives of the people they pastor. A refreshing reminder of what it means to pastor people.
Peoplesmart: Developing your Interpersonal Intelligence
Addresses eight essential skills for relating better with people.
Reconciliation – Forgiveness
Forgiving and Reconciling: Bridges to Wholeness and Hope
From a reviewer: “When we offer forgiveness to others as an altruistic gift, it is more effective than when we forgive only for our own benefit in an effort to ‘get over’ the hurt.”
Caring Enough to Confront: How to Understand and Express your Deepest Feelings Toward Others
A concise, engaging book that helps us communicate more honestly with one another.
Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past
A leading researcher on forgiveness and mercy talks about our tendency to ruminate on Satan, sins, and self and how to break free.
Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and the church multiplies itself until there is a transforming presence in every zip code.
Marriage & Spouses
Sharing the Stage
Joel & Triska Rachel
A couple shares their insights of what it is like to be co-pastors. Retrieved from: Christianity Today. (article)
Bill and Kristi Gaultiere
Psychotherapists and spiritual directors, and the co-founders of Soul Shepherding, a nonprofit ministry. We care for men and women in ministry. (website)
Offers high quality retreat experiences at its three locations for clergy couples, single pastors, and ministry/denominational leaders of The Wesleyan Church at the reduced rate of 10% off published prices. These are week-long guided retreats for clergy couples and singles focused on deepening personal intimacy with Jesus and helping ministry leaders to live balanced lives in the hectic world of ministry life. SonScape has retreat centers in beautiful locations in Colorado, Tennessee and occasional off-site retreats in upstate New York.
My Letters to God: The Prayers of a Pastor’s Wife
S. Corrine Davis
The wife of a pastor shares her intimate letters to God about life in the church and with her family.
The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding your Family Through Challenges of Pastoral Ministry
Pastoral ministry is more challenging than ever with unique, complicated burdens and expectations some have not experienced in previous generations. Because of this, the number of pastors who start with a great zeal for the work, quickly crash and burn and are left with a battered faith and family. This book seeks to identify those unique challenges, diagnose the problem, propose a biblical solution, and then guide the pastor and his family to embrace these challenges while shepherding the family through them.
The Pastor’s Kid: Finding your Own Faith and Identity
Becoming a Healthier Pastor: Family Systems Theory and the Pastor’s Own Family
Ronald W. Richardson
From Amazon review: “Addresses the roots of personal issues that may hinder a pastor’s ability to function effectively. . . addresses pastors’ own families of origin. . . .Richardson explores these patterns, how they operate in church situations, and how pastors can do their own family-of-origin assessment.”
The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care For
At the heart of each relationship, says McGinnis, is the friendship factor-the essential ingredient of warmth and caring. With captivating case histories and anecdotes about such famous people as George Burns, Howard Hughes, and C. S. Lewis, McGinnis shares the secret of how to love and be loved.