No preacher is going to raise their hand to say, "I need help."
Seventh-day Adventist pastors face challenges with health and wellness, even with a beautiful whole-life health message ingrained in our faith tradition. We also live with the challenges of resilience, depression, selfcare, wholeness, mental health, imbalance, stress, burnout, and emotional intelligence. Awareness and understanding of these personal and interpersonal issues are critically related to ministry impact and missional outcomes.
“Beneath the praetorian pastoral armor lies a multidimensional human being made from dust. Mending Ministers (on their wellness journey) opens a pathway toward wholistic healing for fragmented men and women called by God. This well documented resource, by Adventist colleagues for Adventist clergy will bring restoration and revitalization for years to come.” Anthony (Tony) Medley, DMin, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church
“Mending Ministers is a field guide to being clergy, full of personal anecdotes and a helpful theological framing of well-being. Don’t delay! This is an approachable guide to read and keep handy, prior to needing ‘mending.’” Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, PhD, Research Director, Duke Clergy Health Initiative
“Mending Ministers is an outstanding tool for pastors to experience genuine biblical shalom and enhance their health in all dimensions of life relationships. The comprehensive approach makes this volume indispensable as a balanced theological resource to know how to regain harmony practically, enjoy fulness of life and happiness in the midst of pressures of life, cope with agonies of decisions, and navigate safely through tyranny of various urgent activities. Joyful trust in God and cultivation of gratitude is the key to all-inclusive well-being.” Jiří Moskala, ThD, PhD, Dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
“Accessible and reader-friendly, with clarity and grace, it brilliantly weaves the latest scientific findings with powerful personal stories and the wisdom gleaned from the rich professional and personal experiences of the authors. A strength of every chapter is the practical and actionable suggestions that are provided. Sophisticated and thorough, this volume will be an indispensable handbook for many. It is essential reading for pastors and their families and required reading for every conference administrator, as well as, everyone who cares about the success of those who work in gospel ministry.” David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, MDiv, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University
Paperback. Copyright 2022. 166 pages.