Questions to consider:

1. Are you able to describe your strengths and weaknesses ...accurately?

2. Are you pessimist, realist, or optimist?

3. How are you affected by the wide-spread lonliness of our culture?

4. Area you at the present time suffering the "common cold" of mental health, that is, depression?

5. How are you growing in mental and emotional health? By the school of "hard knocks" or through intentional assistance from a trained counselor?

Some Resources:

Burnout in Ministry, Brooks R. Falkner

Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning, A. Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff

Learned Optimism, Martin E. P. Seligman

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick

Ministry Development Network

Pastoral Stress: Sources of Tension, Resources for Transformation, Anthony G. Pappas

Reg Mills on Church Ministry for Mental Health (MP4 Streaming Video)

The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck

Self Esteem, McKay and Fanning

Signs and Symptoms of Depression (NIMH web site)

Walking Through the Valley: Understanding and Emerging from Clergy Depression, Robert L. Randall


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