A center in the cyclone : twenty-first century clergy self-care / Bruce Epperly.

By: Epperly, Bruce Gordon [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]Description: ix, 179 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781566997577 (cloth : alk. paper); 1566997577 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781566997133 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1566997135 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Clergy -- Job stress | Pastoral theologyDDC classification: 248.8/92 LOC classification: BV4014 | .E67 2014
Contents:
Ministry in the twenty-first century -- Do you want to be made well? -- Living by abundance in a time of scarcity -- Transforming technology -- Glorifying god in your body -- Loving god with your whole mind -- Having the time of your life: making friends with time in ministry -- Igniting your spirit -- Setting your spiritual GPS -- Embracing grief -- Healthy relationships -- Letting your light shine.
Summary: Pastors today are overwhelmed by the perfect storm of too many responsibilities, too few resources, and too rapid congregational, cultural, and technological changes. Many of them confess that the cares of modern ministry have nearly choked the life out of their holy service. Here is a resource for integrated personal and professional transformation and healing for pastors; better equipping them to be effective spiritual leaders for the long haul of professional ministry. We are in a time of great spiritual awakening among Christians, people of other faiths, and self-described spiritual but not religious seekers. Insightful spiritual leadership is needed now more than ever to navigate the waves of pluralism, postmodernism, and globalism. Spiritual leaders need to sharpen their mission, administration, outreach, and preaching skills, but they also need to deepen their commitments to spiritual growth and self-care practices to insure healthy and effective ministry over the long haul.
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Ministry in the twenty-first century -- Do you want to be made well? -- Living by abundance in a time of scarcity -- Transforming technology -- Glorifying god in your body -- Loving god with your whole mind -- Having the time of your life: making friends with time in ministry -- Igniting your spirit -- Setting your spiritual GPS -- Embracing grief -- Healthy relationships -- Letting your light shine.

Pastors today are overwhelmed by the perfect storm of too many responsibilities, too few resources, and too rapid congregational, cultural, and technological changes. Many of them confess that the cares of modern ministry have nearly choked the life out of their holy service. Here is a resource for integrated personal and professional transformation and healing for pastors; better equipping them to be effective spiritual leaders for the long haul of professional ministry. We are in a time of great spiritual awakening among Christians, people of other faiths, and self-described spiritual but not religious seekers. Insightful spiritual leadership is needed now more than ever to navigate the waves of pluralism, postmodernism, and globalism. Spiritual leaders need to sharpen their mission, administration, outreach, and preaching skills, but they also need to deepen their commitments to spiritual growth and self-care practices to insure healthy and effective ministry over the long haul.

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