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Title: The glory of God is a human being fully alive' Irenaeus, 2nd century

  • The glory of God is a human being fully alive.
    --Irenaeus, 2nd century

The Pastor as Person Incarnation and Creation
  • We are a person before we are a pastor, Christian
    leader or employee
  • We must be very careful not to confuse our
    ministry with our relationship with Christ.
  • Gnosticism is alive and well in todays church
  • Gnostics spiritualize life at the expense of
    other areas of their lives--relationships,
    emotions, and their physical bodies.

  • The truth is, God has given us enough time both
    to faithfully serve him and love our families.
  • Developing a healthy doctrine of the incarnation
    and doctrine of creation is what Im talking
    about in these lectures.
  • Panentheism God sustains and is in and through
    and underneath everything that exists. God is
    present in all of creation. There is no where
    that God is not.
  • Pantheism everything is God. This is not what
    Im talking about.

  • Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common
    bush afire with God But only he who sees, takes
    off his shoes - The rest sit round it and pluck
  • --Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • The sacramental nature of life
  • Life in all its myriad forms bears and
    represents Gods presence.
  • Every person, event, thing and even nature are
    illuminated by Gods presence.
  •  Because God is with us in everything we are and
    do, it makes no sense to divide life into sacred
    and secular. In other words, everything is

  • The whole earth is full of the glory of God.
    --Isaiah 63b
  • Photo Jimmie Gorman

  • 2 Corinthians 48-9
  • We are hard pressed on every side, but not
    crushed perplexed, but not in despair
    persecuted, but not abandoned struck down, but
    not destroyed. TNIV
  • You know for yourselves that we're not much to
    look at. We've been surrounded and battered by
    troubles, but we're not demoralized we're not
    sure what to do, but we know that God knows what
    to do we've been spiritually terrorized, but God
    hasn't left our side we've been thrown down, but
    we haven't broken. The Message

  • Affirming our God-given personhood.
  • The importance of play.
  • Personal strain on clergy families

  • The strain of ministry on pastors wives
    according to the National Association of
  • 21 work full-time
  • 52 say their biggest struggle is coping with
    success in ministry
  • 38 struggle with self-confidence
  • 35 experience depression on an ongoing basis

  • In larger churches (over 300) 1 in 5 pastors
    wives said they needed desperate help.
  • In smaller churches (under 300) 3 in 5 said they
    desperately needed help.
  • Coming out of seminary 1 in 5 pastors show
    significant signs of burnout within the first
    five years of ministry.
  • After ten years of ministry 3 out of 5 pastors
    are showing significant signs of burnout.

  • The care of our health is a religious duty
    --Rev. Herbert Hensley Henson, quoted in Susan
    Howatch, Glittering Images
  • Self-differentiated leadershipwho am I apart
    from my ministry?

  • When are we particularly susceptible to burnout?
  • When we have been experiencing chronic stress for
    long periods of time.
  • During times of intense interpersonal conflict
    either at church or home.
  • Years 5-7, 12-15, and year 20 of ministry.
  • When reality does not measure up to our

  • Reduced sense of personal accomplishment 
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Depersonalization
  • Anger and Resentment

  • Withdrawal from others
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of ambition, energy, calling and purpose
  • For the minister, untreated burnout can often
    mean the beginning of the end of a career.
    --Arch Hart, Coping With Depression in the
    Ministry and Other Helping Professions

  • Perfectionists
  • Idealists (unrealistic expectations)
  • The over-committed (those who cannot say no)
  • The under-assertive
  • Those with few close friends
  •  Those who do not have a clear sense of personal
    and professional boundaries
  •  Those who confuse their sense of self with their

  • Those who are overly sympatheticwho take on the
    pain of others
  • Those who do not know how to relax
  •  Those who do not get enough sleep

  • The Effects of Chronic Stress
  • Depletion of natural, brain-produced emotion
  • Depletion of brain painkillers
  • Compromised immune system

  • Depression
  • Stress will kill you, but burnout will make you
    wish you were dead. Arch Hart

  • Questions for Reflection
  • How do you need to differentiate between yourself
    as a person and as a pastor?
  • Who is in the grandstand of your life that you
    are running way too hard to please? (a parent
    either dead or alive, sibling, coach, teacher,
  • Will we allow the demands and pressures of life
    to squeeze us into a mold that stresses and burns
    us out before our time, or will we seek Gods
    help in resisting the pressures of culture and
    even our church?