Clergy--Mental health

Pastoral shame lifting

Author
Travis J. Marshall
Abstract
Shame contaminates the health and wholeness of all systems and relationships the shamed participates in. Knowing that a pastor will inevitably experience shame, what practices must come into regular church life process for shame resilience to become the norm? Hidden shame experiences and even more shame triggers lurk in pastoral offices everywhere, and so how can pastors become aware of their shame and experience the process of healing? These questions and more will be explored through the areas of vulnerability, empathy and the sacrament of the Eucharist so that pastors may experience shame-lifting and the process of healing from shame, both personally and in their church communities.

Developing tailored spiritual disciplines for the prevention of and recovery from spiritual burnout of the small group leaders at Han moory Church in New Jersey

Author
John Sangdon Park
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop tailored spiritual disciplines for the prevention of and recovery from spiritual burnout of the small group leaders at Han moory Church in New Jersey. The small group leaders who have served for over 4 years have experienced fatigues and burnouts. Prior to this project, the church did not have a process to help recovering fatigued leaders. In response to this specific need, the candidate developed and implemented a training program that included lecture, mentoring, practice of various spiritual disciplines, sharing of experiences, and positive encouragement and feedback from peers to help the small group leaders to recover from fatigues and burnouts. This program prepared the leaders to serve the Lord with renewed strength and spiritual vigor. In the course of 3 months, participants and the candidate learned skills and attitudes to spirituality stay fresh and strong by seeking intimacy with the Lord through exercising various spiritual disciplines. This enabled them to be effective in their leadership positions.

The Impact of Stress on Ministry Effectiveness of Hong Kong Pastors Studying Counseling at HKICC with Implications for Hong Kong Seminary Training

Author
Tai Wai Yip
Abstract
This paper examined the impact of stress on the ministry effectiveness of Hong Kong pastors studying counseling at Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counselors (HKICC), and their subsequent insights and implications for Hong Kong seminary training.This study adopted qualitative research methods by interviewing a group of selected Hong Kong pastors who have undergone training at HKICC, and evaluating their growth and hardiness attained for ministry effectiveness for their personal situations after the counseling training. The author also discussed the city environment of Hong Kong; the measurement of ministry effectiveness was identified as the positive effects of self-efficacy under stress.

A strategy for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions to mitigate acute stress in ministers who serve in catastrphic crises in Alabama

Author
Mark J Wakefield
Abstract
The purpose of the project in minstry is to equip its ministers to serve well and lead in ministering during a catastrophic crisis. This project develoepd a faith-based strategy to equip ministers with knowledge of crisis ministry and how it will affect them. The training offers information and skill sbaout caring for themsleves and others in crisis. During the immediate crisis response, the State Board of Missions provided intervention specialists to come alongside the ministers for support. When the effects of the stress seem to be hampering the minster's overall well-being the intervention specialist refers to mental health professionals for more definitive care. Followiong th eimmediate crisis minstry, the State Board of Missions offered pastoral care services and a retreat for the purpose of renewal and recovery in a group setting. The State Board of Missions also will make individual care available in that setting.

Resiliency and self-care for pastors in Japan facing a disaster

Author
John Graham Houlette
Abstract
Resiliency and self-care for pastors in Japan facing a disaster was researched. In addition to surveying seminary students, pastors who experienced the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake as well as pastors who lived through the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and seminary professors who train next generation pastors were interviewed using co-inquiry and a 360-degree data gathering approach. Managing stress, loss, relationships, compassion fatigue and burnout were common challenges. Practicing resilient leadership entailed processing the relational reality of pain and suffering in the context of disaster ministry while exemplifying courage, emotional and cultural intelligence, Sabbath rhythms and mutual care.

A preventative ministry for pastoral burnout: a study of Elijah in 1 Kings 19

Author
Michael V Boyle
Abstract
Research demonstrates that burnout is experienced by those who work in the fields of social service and care for people. The most recent research also demonstrates that burnout is a factor faced by those in the pastorate. There are specific causes of pastoral burnout and there are specific ways to prevent burnout and be restored from burnout. The Scriptures demonstrate that the nature of ministry places the pastor at a high risk for pastoral burnout. The burnout of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19 is the framework for a ministry of preventing pastoral burnout. The intentional ministry of Yahweh addresses the burnout of Elijah by providing the rest, renewal, reconnecting, realigning and reengaging that he needs and so that Yahweh can recommission Elijah, His prophet.

Self-care in ministers in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland: a critical incident study

Author
David Allen
Abstract
Ministers in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) are facing increased levels of stress with a significant number taking an absence from work due to stress-related illnesses. The assumption of this study was that such an absence from work would act as a critical incident in the lives of ministers; as a result, ministers who had endured such a period of sick-leave would have considered their practice of self-care at a deep level and improved their self-care practices; such consideration and practice would be instructive to other ministers in the PCI and elsewhere. This study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with six pastors in the PCI. The review of literature and analysis of the six interviews focused on three key areas: stress in clergy; self-care in leaders; self-care in clergy. The study found that an absence from work due to a stress related illness is a critical incident in the lives of pastors, that it did cause them to practi ce self-care, and consequently is instructive to other pastors. The study concluded that in order for pastors to exercise ministries that are as refreshed and renewed as possible, they must increase their level of well-being and maintain this over time.

The impact of death anxiety

Author
Llewellyn M Drumbor
Abstract
Death anxiety and the fear of death are often intertwined in the human psyche, presenting the potential for a broad array of destructive forces unless courage is found to address and manage both death anxiety and the fear of death. The first section of this project addresses death. It explores such authorities as psychiatrist Irvin Yalom who wrote regarding the momentous importance of death and its role in shaping one's life perspective. The focus of quoted sources and of the author is that death needs to be confronted as a life-empowering change; especially the lives and death competence of chaplains and clergy. Only through such change will chaplains and clergy be unfettered to teach, model, and assist others, in confronting the destructive forces of death anxiety and fear of death. Exploring death anxiety and fear of death, defines death anxiety while discussing the relationship between death anxiety and fear. Fear of death has a focus, a primary concern. Most scholars conclude that three primary concerns comprise fear of death: Thoughts of a punishing afterlife; dread of annihilation; and the physical pain that may be felt while dying. The project explains how an integration of knowledge, skills, and competences is critical to preparing the chaplain/clergy for effective ministry. The professional caregiver will need to come to terms with her/his own mortality before building the trust that transcends the fear and death anxiety inherent with end-of-life patients.

A sacred brotherhood: leading a select group of ministers in Craig-Mayes Baptist Association through a process of compatible peer grouping

Author
Daviel Wayne Lewis
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to edify a select group of ministers from Craig-Mayes Baptist Association by leading them to select and engage a personal peer group in order to increase their professional effectiveness and personal vitality. The candidate verified the need for pastoral peer groups through field research within Craig-Mayes Baptist Association and in the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention. Participants received training and encouragement to select their personal peer group during an initial orientation seminar and were equipped to engage their peer groups in twelve subsequent weekly meetings. The project displayed the participants' need for regular edification and its positive impact on their professional and personal vitality.

Integrated clergy self-care within the context of Salvation Army ministry

Author
Roni S Robbins
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to address integrated clergy self-care within the context of Salvation Army ministry. The research led to the development of integrated wellness training and an integrated clergy self-care plan that was tested on a target group of Salvation Army officers in the Arkansas-Oklahoma division. This study presents a compelling argument that optimum wellness hinges on the balance and integration of body, mind, and spirit. It demonstrated that pastoral care must flow out of the minister's self-care, and that the minister's own degree of wholeness profoundly impacts the integrity of ministry to others. Integrative wellness retreats were conducted as a key aspect of this thesis project. It has been demonstrated through comparative analysis of pre- and post-test survey data that the teaching that was conducted and integrated clergy self-care plans that were developed positively modified the behaviors of participating officers. These officers now pay more attention to diet, nutrition, exercise, stress management, boundaries and balance.
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