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Care For Pastors

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website with numerous helpful resources for clergy in all areas of life

How People Pleasers Can Learn to Say "NO"

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Part of the problem of being a people pleaser is the inability to say no easily.  This article provides examples of how people pleasers get this wrong and then provides a very easy model for how we can learn to say no when necessary and deciding when the right time for that is.

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. 

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.

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.

The WellSprings Journal

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The WellSprings Journal is an expression of who we are as United Methodist (UM) clergywomen.  WellSprings is for UM clergywomen, by UM clergywomen and of UM clergywomen.  The need for “an instrument of some kind that could not only connect, but bond United Methodist clergywomen in a new and exciting way” was recognized (vol.1, no.1, p. 5), 34 years after full United Methodist clergy rights for women was granted in 1956.  Addressing that need, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry ...

10 Tips for a Healthy Marriage

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It takes work to have a healthy marriage but it is possible. Just like good nutrition and regular exercise can help you have a healthy body, there are things you can do to have a healthy marriage. This article talks about 10 tips to strengthen your marriage.

21 Tips to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

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What many people-pleasers don’t realize is that people-pleasing can have serious risks. Not only does it put a lot of pressure and stress on you, Newman said, but “essentially you can make yourself sick from doing too much.” If you’re overcommitted, you probably get lesssleep and get more anxious and upset. You’re also “depleting your energy resources.” “In the worst case scenario, you’ll wake up and find yourself depressed, because you’re on such overload because you possibly can’t do it all,” ...

Coping with Appointment Changes and Relocation Stress

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Changing appointments creates both vocational and personal stressors. Clergy may have their own concerns, as well as the need to alleviate the fears of family members about the new appointment.

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