Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving

By Mike Cope Director of ministry outreach, Pepperdine University Like runners, ministers benefit when they learn healthy habits that allow them to pause and experience restoration from concerns and fatigue and be refilled by the spirit of God. Bigstock/Dean Drobot FacebookTwitterEmailPrint Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop … Continue reading “Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving”

A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes

iStock / Fizkes By A. Trevor Sutton Pastor and writer FacebookTwitterEmailPrint When a Michigan pastor realized that his accountability group was too big, he came up with a new solution — pairs. TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 Stay in ministry. Stay married. Stay alive. It doesn’t sound all that difficult. Yet for pastors who try to … Continue reading “A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes”

Michael Gerson’s sermon sharing his struggle with depression

  PBS News Hour Health By  Molly Finnegan   Feb 19, 2019    Read his sermon   Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist and regular voice on the PBS NewsHour, revealed this week that he battles depression. On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington’s National Cathedral, Gerson delivered a guest sermon in which he explained why he … Continue reading “Michael Gerson’s sermon sharing his struggle with depression”

Clergy should show their wounds, says priest who opened up about past alcoholism

By Tali Folkins May 10, 2018 “Too often the people sitting in the pews can feel like failures and they don’t realize we’re all struggling,” says the Rev. Matthew Martin. Photo: Contributed An Ontario priest who opened up to his congregation this winter about his past struggles with alcoholism and depression says clergy might be … Continue reading “Clergy should show their wounds, says priest who opened up about past alcoholism”