Are you overdosing on overcommitment? In trying to uphold the godly callings of managerial and administrative leadership in the pastorate, even the most committed and competent ministers suffer enormous physical, mental, and spiritual strain.
Drawing from biblical, theological, and sociological sources as well as personal experience, author Kirk Jones discusses the fundamental importance of self-care for clergy and other professions engaged in helping people. Filled with creative and practical strategies for integrating self-care into vocational life, this compelling resource identifies the factors that influence overload and outlines plausible strategies for escaping such bondage.
“Dr. Jones offers the spiritual, physical and emotional tools needed to rest while being present to the demands of relational and institutional responsibilities. Rest in the Storm is sure to be a requirement in seminaries and universities who are training professionals to care for others.” —Donna M. Cassity, Hamden, Connecticut
“Rest in the Storm calls attention to the high costs paid by clergy for the success-syndrome of the church. This book not only lines out the pathology marked as ‘self-violence’ on the part of clergy but moves concretely to think about self-care that is not maudlin but informed by the Gospel itself.” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
“Dr. Jones has given us a remarkable resource for managing the chronic role confusions and burnout that afflict nearly every pastor sometime in their ministry. His sharing of personal experience and insights, as well as penetrating quotations from noted spiritual leaders, make this a self-care book that will be read and reread. It should be on the top ten list for clergy organizations.” —G. Lloyd Rediger, Author of Clergy Killers
“Dr. Jones has heard my plaintive cry, ‘Man overboard!’ for those of us whose lives are daily tossed and driven by the beating and battering waves of congregational, denominational, and relational responsibilities, Rest in the Storm is the life saver we’ve been waiting for.” —Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III, executive director, National Ministries, ABC/USA
Rest in the Storm was named one of the "Best Resources for Social Change" by Sojourners magazine.