Resilience — Surviving and Thriving

Bob Burns, Tasha Chapman and Donald C. Guthrie have written an important book: Resilient Ministry: What Pastors told us about Surviving and Thriving. It is worth a careful read by many church leaders. An interesting statement: “One surprising discovery we made in the summit was the continuous questioning by pastors of their call to the particular ministry they were serving. This seemed to be a nearly universal experience.” (pp. 63-64) Is this questioning a sign of healthy self-examination? Or is it an internal battle that undermines loyalty to present relationships and lessens ministry effectiveness? Does it reflect our own insecurities as pastors? Or that the work is very draining? Or both? I have lots of questions! Anyone with thoughts on this ever-present reality?

Axel Schoeber
I teach Supervised Ministry and Baptist Identity, and I shepherd the Graduate Internship Program for pastors new to the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. I follow current affairs and, as an old soccer coach, I love a good game, particularly if it involves the Vancouver Whitecaps or the German national men’s team!

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