Self-Care While Caring for Others

I once thought of self-care as selfish. But instead of “me first” or “me not at all” where you always come last, I’ve come to realize that we can take care of ourselves while we take care of others. In fact caring for ourselves plays an essential part of vital, ongoing ministry.

That was the focus of my seminar for this year’s Simpson Lectures at Acadia Divinity College. It was an honour to be part of this annual series on the practice of ministry intended primarily for students, pastors, and spouses.

The livestream video of the seminar is available for viewing, and please note the following time signatures:

5:54 Welcome and Introduction to the Simpson Lectures by Stuart Blythe, Director of the Simpson Lectures and John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, Acadia Divinity College

8:25 Introduction to the Seminar on Self-Care While Caring for Others led by Rev. April Yamasaki

10:30 Seminar begins

Watch Self-Care While Caring for Others on Vimeo


For more encouragement and resources on doing ministry better:

Author: April Yamasaki

I currently serve as resident author with a liturgical worship community, write online and in print publications, and often speak in churches and other settings. Publications include On the Way with Jesus, Four Gifts, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. Websites: and

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