Maintaining Personal Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Evangelical Protestant Clergy

Volume
Volume 31
Issue
Winter 2003
Title
Maintaining Personal Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Evangelical Protestant Clergy
Abstract

Despite the prominence of clergy in providing human services, and the work-related stressors they experience, clergy health and coping responses have rarely been the focus of psychological research. We report two studies. In the first, we evaluated responses of 398 senior pastors to three open-ended questions regarding personal coping, structural support for their work, and remediation efforts in times of distress. In the second study, Christian mental health professionals and Christian education professionals identified Protestant Christian clergy who exemplify emotional and spiritual health. Twenty-six participated in individual 30-minute interviews. Respondents emphasized the importance of being intentional in maintaining balance in life and developing healthy relationships. They also value a vital spiritual life, emphasizing both their sense of calling into ministry the importance of spiritual disciplines, and an ongoing awareness of God'€™s grace. We suggest ways that Christian mental health professionals can support pastors in preventive and remedial roles.

Authors
Dr. K.R. Meek, Dr. M.R. McMinn, Dr. C.M. Brower, T.D. Burnett, Dr. B.W. McRay, M.L. Ramey, D.W. Swanson and D.D. Villa
Pages
339 - 347
Price
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