The effects of a guided Sabbath-rest on increasing emotional maturity and decreasing anxiety caused by pastors internalizing extraneous demands
Craig H Carr
This study addressed the anxiety and distress in ministry caused by pastors internalizing the many expectations of the congregation. Systems theory provides the necessary tools to navigate the anxious swells of the ministry environment. Focusing on healthy individuality and positive engagement with others, the resulting data showed an increase of 17% in emotional maturity and a decrease of 54% in self-reported symptoms of anxiety.