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Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving

Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving

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What does it take to have fruitful ministry over the long haul? The stresses of pastoring are well known and can be a match for even the best-prepared, most experienced in ministry--multiple tasks, long hours, taxing responsibilities and, yes, some challenging personalities. Too often the results can be burnout, being run out or just feeling worn out. To find out how pastors can thrive as well as survive, the authors undertook a five-year in-depth research project among working pastors. Here in this ground-breaking book is the distilled wisdom of dozens of pastors who have been on the front lines of ministry. We hear from them what works, what doesn't and what distinctive issues people in ministry face. The authors uncover five key themes that promote healthy, sustainable ministry that lasts--spiritual formation, self-care, emotional and cultural intelligence, marriage and family, leadership and management. These themes are unpacked from the vantage point of ministry on the ground. Questions for personal evaluation and reflection are included throughout the book to bring home the significance of each section. This is the perfect companion for a peer cohort of pastors to read together. It can also be of value to church boards and others who want to better understand how to help sustain their pastors in ministry. In short, this is a book pastors can't live without.

- Publisher

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About "Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving"

What does it take to have fruitful ministry over the long haul? The stresses of pastoring are well known and can be a match for even the best-prepared, most experienced in ministry--multiple tasks, long hours, taxing responsibilities and, yes, some challenging personalities. Too often the results can be burnout, being run out or just feeling worn out. To find out how pastors can thrive as well as survive, the authors undertook a five-year in-depth research project among working pastors. Here in this ground-breaking book is the distilled wisdom of dozens of pastors who have been on the front lines of ministry. We hear from them what works, what doesn't and what distinctive issues people in ministry face. The authors uncover five key themes that promote healthy, sustainable ministry that lasts--spiritual formation, self-care, emotional and cultural intelligence, marriage and family, leadership and management. These themes are unpacked from the vantage point of ministry on the ground. Questions for personal evaluation and reflection are included throughout the book to bring home the significance of each section. This is the perfect companion for a peer cohort of pastors to read together. It can also be of value to church boards and others who want to better understand how to help sustain their pastors in ministry. In short, this is a book pastors can't live without.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Bob Burns

Burns is an active instructor of wilderness navigation.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 Life In Pastoral Ministry
  • 2 The Five Themes Of Resilient Ministry
  • 3 Evaluating Spiritual Formation
  • 4 Pursuing Spiritual Formation
  • 5 Self-care: Burning On, Not Burning Out
  • 6 Self-care: Pacing Our Lifestyles
  • 7 Understanding Emotional Intelligence
  • 8 Developing Emotional Intelligence
  • 9 Exploring Cultural Differences
  • 10 Improving Cultural Intelligence
  • 11 Marriage And Family: Stressed By Ministry
  • 12 More Marriage And Family Stressors
  • 13 Leadership Poetry
  • 14 Leadership Plumbing
  • 15 Concluding Insights And Next Steps
  • Appendix A: Research Methods Of The Pastors Summit
  • Appendix B: Questions For Personal Evaluation And Annual Reviews
  • Appendix C: Emotions Checklist
  • Appendix D: Constructing And Interviewing A Family Diagram
  • Appendix E: Best Practices For Forming Peer Cohorts
  • Notes

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  • Catalogue Code 83085
  • Product Code 9780830841035
  • ISBN 0830841032
  • EAN 9780830841035
  • Pages 313
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Mar 2013
  • Sales Rank #11338
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

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