Burn out (Psychology)

That They May Have Life: The Congregation's Opportunity to Strengthen Resiliency and Foster Wholeness Amid Trauma in the Lives of Volunteer First Responders

Author
Jason Cashing D.Min.
Abstract
With every emergency, first responders are exposed to a degree of traumatic stress. This Secondary Traumatic Stress can sap the life and purpose from first responders, and the accumulation of unaddressed STS can lead to burnout, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and even suicide. The congregation, though practices of Sabbath and Lament, can offer pathways to help mitigate STS and strengthen resilience. Looking at the invitation to Abundant Life in John 10, the Church’s calling and the world’s need intersect, providing a framework and a language to help first responders and congregations alike realize the fullness of Life offered to all.

Reducing Compassion Fatigue by Implementing a Self-Care Initiative for Emergency Department Nurses in a Community Hospital

Author
Gregory A Schmalfeldt
Abstract
Emergency department nurses perform in a highly stressful setting. As a result, researchers have identitifed compassion fatigue as a problematic side-effect of caring for patients with significant emotional and physical distress. Without purposeful intervention, compassion fatigue can lead to more serious conditions such as secondary stress syndrome or burnout. This study explored root causes of exposure to suffering, futility, detachment from patients, and leadership influence. To mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue, the researcher provided a holistic self-care program among emergency department nurses (N=10) at a community-centered hospital. Participants benefited from improved emotional intelligence, physical resilience, spiritual sensitivity, and interpersonal support.

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.

From Rut to River: Coaching Pastors in Stuck Situations

Author
Laura A Cunningham
Abstract
Maintaining pastoral resilience for ministry while serving a congregation struggling with change has been a dilemma for mainline church pastors. This project focuses on executive coaching for pastors at risk of becoming "stuck," losing energy of momentum in congregational ministry. This report explores executive coaching theory, considering how working with a coach can help a pastor out of a rut and thus regain energy for ministry. It uses narrative methodology to describe the impact of coaching on two pastors in Hudson River Presbytery in order to show how coaching may benefit pastors in similar situations.

Clergy in crisis: running the race towards healings using crisis intervention and pastoral presence

Author
Denise A Currie-Lowe
Abstract
The context of research was a two-day teaching and interactive workshop at New Bethel AME Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The problem in question was to determine the reasons why clergy face burnout within their context of ministry. The workshop included teaching clergy and lay the definition of crisis, types of crisis, and discussed methods of healing, to include pastoral presence. A mixed methodology of qualitative and quantitative surveys was used to conduct and analyze responses from participants cross-sectionally and longitudinally. The hypothesis tested if crisis workshops are taught, then the levels of clergy burnout and crisis would decrease.

The creative self of the therapist: a study in self care

Author
Jennifer A Schiller
Abstract
Therapists may care for others to their own detriment, failing to recognize and provide for their own needs. Without sufficient care of self, therapists risk burn out, empathy overload, and an inability to continue in the profession. A particular problem exists for marriage and family therapy interns balancing academic studies, clinical practice and personal lives. This project explores intern therapist engagement in creative activities as a form of self-care and stress reduction. While self-report scales reflect the benefit of creative activities for self-care, more study is needed. Questions remain regarding the specific needs of intern therapists and the role of program leadership in providing a healthy model for self-care.

The wounded pastor's wife, a case study on the experiences of five wives

Author
David G Friese
Abstract
There have been a number of research projects on wounded pastors and the rate of pastors leaving the ministry. However, very little research has been done on how these experiences impact the spouse. The focus of this research project is on the impact on the pastor's wife. This dissertation examines five case studies of wives of wounded pastors whose husbands have experienced conflict at their church resulting in them leaving their church. I have provided a narrative of each wife's situation as told by the wife. The narratives provide the context and thus provide clearer insights into the impact of their experiences. To help us understand the impact, we examined the challenges pastors and wives face while in the ministry context as compared to after they were forced to leave. The pastor's wife's voice has been a missing piece in our strategies in preparing pastors for ministry. This project distills her insights, along with those of pastors and church leaders and gives us a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges pastors and their wives face. This study includes tangible strategies to better equip pastors and their spouses to deal with the challenges of ministry. It provides information that can be used to develop ministries that support and encourage pastors and their wives when they encounter conflicts, are wounded and forced to exit from their church. These strategies will include ways churches, denominations, seminaries and new ministries can implement these recommendations.

Compassion fatigue and the church counselor at Saddleback Church

Author
Kathy Ann Camarillo
Abstract
The church counselors at Saddleback Church are at risk of compassion fatigue due to their exposure to traumatic events in the counseling process. This project assessed and addressed the risk of compassion fatigue. Counselors were taught the definition for and characteristics of compassion fatigue and given an assessment to measure the risk. Six counselors were selected, based on their assessment scores, to participate in an eight-week project. Participants discovered how the symptoms of compassion fatigue impacted their spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Participants adopted practices of self-care to mitigate and prevent compassion fatigue and reported positive outcomes.

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.

Initiating a missional support system for pastors to address areas that lead to discouragement

Author
Russell E Peters
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip pastors to identify and address areas that lead to discouragement and to provide on-going personal support through the use of a missional support system. A "missional support system" is a group of men gathered for mutual encouragement in regard to ministry that indirectly provides personal support. The purpose of this project was achieved by equipping a group of ministers in the South king and Pierce County areas of Washington State to identify areas that lead to discouragement and teaching them strategies to address them.
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