Caring for clergy is an essential part of caring for congregations and communities.
Today, clergy are living and serving in complex times. The hours are long,. The work requires emotional labor and interpersonal skills. The tasks range from the theological to the mechanical. The outcomes are often ambiguous with few projects seeing finite endings. The need for a unique and extended sabbath is real.
An emphasis on holistic health is part of our Wesleyan tradition. John Wesley believed that physical, mental, and spiritual health were all connected.
"The support clergy receive (or do not receive) has a direct impact upon their effectiveness and sustainability of congregations and communities. God's kingdom grows more fully when clergy are healthy and whole, and, by contrast, unhealthy and unsupported clergy hinder the mission of God."
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