Resiliency and self-care for pastors in Japan facing a disaster
John Graham Houlette
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.
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