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Nine Secrets Your Pastors Wife Wishes You Knew

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She’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife; the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the church. It doesn’t have to be that way. What if we just asked our pastor’s wife to candidly, honestly, even anonymously share some of their secrets? What if we invited them to share their hearts and tell us what they wished ...

13 Clergy Health Factors & the 5 Dimensions of Health

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The Church Systems Task Force research identified 13 factors that are highly correlated with clergy health, differentiating those who are healthy from those who are unhealthy. The 13 factors identify sources of stress, challenges to maintaining physical health, obstacles to emotional health, impacts upon social health, the importance of spiritual health and the influence of finances. 

Clergy Age Trends in the UMC

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Article is reporting on a 2014 UM report and talks about the changing age demographics of the church. Elders and local pastors are appointed as pastors of congregations. The number of active elders continue to decline as the number of local pastors grows.

Clergy More Likely to Suffer From Depression, Anxiety

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A number of factors were found to be powerful predictors of depression and anxiety, most notably job stress. Clergy engage in many stressful activities, including grief counseling, navigating the competing demands of congregants, and delivering a weekly sermon that opens them up to criticism. The strain of these roles is further amplified by having to switch rapidly between them, which other studies have shown to exacerbate stressful experiences.  

Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves

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“Clergy feel divinely called to their profession,” she says. “They believe that they are called by God to do the work they are doing, and this imbues a level of significance to everything they do that people in other professions don’t often have.”

Faith and Mental Health

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How to create caring and sharing communities put out by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

General Board of Pension and Health Benefits

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Offers information on retirement, finances, and healthy living for UMC pastors. Of special note is their Center for Health, "Connecting Parish/Faith Community Nurses, Health Advocates and Others with a Passion for Health Across the Denomination."

Illinois Great Rivers Conference

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Your local link to all things UMC.  Find information on all 10 districts in the IGRC, a conference directory, annual conference reports, and a calendar of events.

Northern Illinois Conference

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Our neighbors to the north, the NIC is a valuable resource for IGRC and home to over 400 local churches in the northern third of the state.

Prodigal Pastor Kids: Fact or Fiction

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Parents believe that they are primarily responsible for the spiritual development of their children, but few parents spend time during a typical week interacting with their children on spiritual matters. This finding, from nationwide research conducted by the Barna Research Group (Ventura, California), underscores the need for churches to help parents address the spiritual needs of their children more intentionally and effectively.

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