When a Michigan pastor realized that his accountability group was too big, he came up with a new solution -- pairs.
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Theological education is invaluable to those who suffer and care for the suffering, says a professor of theology who teaches nursing students.
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
Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving
Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop additional competencies can fill the gap, writes a minister who is director of ministry outreach at Pepperdine University.
To acquire the resilience necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world, pastors need people, practices and purpose, says the director of the Resilient Leaders Project.
Our culture prizes meaningful work, and a lot of it. What does that mean for pastors whose desks are actually altars?
A walkway at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania, which author L. Roger Owens visited, alone and with his family, over the course of a year. Photo by Rachel Handel
Instead of sinking into the feeling of being stuck, a seminary professor set a goal of taking 40 walks to mark his 40th birthday. He then wrote essays about the experience, reflecting on the burdens and the surprises of the middle stage of life.
In this essay from his new book, seminary professor L. Roger Owens reflects on the feeling of spiritual restlessness in midlife during an outing with his family.
Being saved means receiving Jesus’ gift of full aliveness, writes an activist and pastor emeritus, who shares his daily petitions for abundant life.
A seminary professor in Pittsburgh learns from Quaker wisdom how to respond to the recent synagogue shooting.
Deeply and faithfully loving and caring for oneself is enough -- it’s not just a pause between activities, writes a seminary professor and psychologist.