Pastoral Burnout and Stress
Pain in the Pulpit
Pastors and clergy members are often thought of as caring and compassionate people. Indeed, most who feel called to ministry settings readily identify with the heartbeat and compassion of Christ as He related to those around Him.
The challenge for many, however, is learning how to remain “salt and light” when facing people who come to you with painful and difficult issues to seek your guidance and help — this can overwhelm even the most capable and mature believers.
Research indicates that nearly 90% of pastors say their training inadequately prepared them for the realities of ministry, 80% feel discouraged in their roles and almost the same number of seminary graduates will leave the ministry within their first five years. Pastors and ministry leaders need resources!
Helpful Resources for Leaders
While most pastors learn Greek and Hebrew in seminary, all about church history and how to prepare a good sermon, they may receive very little, if any, instruction when it comes to addressing the serious emotional and mental health problems that will undoubtedly surface within their congregations. Hope for the Heart has created unique resources to help ministry leaders in this critical aspect of pastoral care.
Whether it’s the Keys for Living Library, designed to bring biblical hope and practical help on over 100 topics, including Marriage and Family, Crisis and Trauma, Addiction and Recovery, Thoughts and Emotions and more, or Lifeline to Hope, an innovative, interactive and video-based Lay Caregiver Training Course, hope and help are available. Together, we can become “faithful envoys who bring healing” (Prov. 13:17).