If you haven’t yet heard Dan White Jr. and the Great Pastor Resignation, I highly recommend his first-person story featured by The New York Times. In this interview, he shares some of his experiences as a pastor, and how one day while on vacation with his wife, his hands started shaking and wouldn’t stop.
They cut their vacation short, and returned home where Dan went through a week-long battery of neurological tests and was finally diagnosed with cumulative traumatic stress disorder (CTSD).
“It’s not from one significant violent act,” he was told, “It’s consistently being in a very conflict-oriented, painful circumstance over a long period of time.”
Be encouraged by Dan’s story of stress and renewal: Dan White Jr., and the Great Pastor Resignation
Learn about Tonya and Dan White Jr.’s ministry to wounded and weary leaders: The Kineo Center, “a focused initiative to offer healing in the midst of a hard calling”
For Canadian pastors of small churches (150 people or less on a Sunday morning), Small Church Connections offers retreats for spiritual refreshment, learning, and time to relax. For information on retreats coming up this fall in Banff, Alberta; Cambridge, Ontario; and Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia, please see Small Church Pastors’ Retreat.
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The podcast you mentioned was helpful, naming the build-up of losses for pastors and leaders that, if left unresolved or ungrieved, can lead to burnout and trauma. Excellent podcast with some important reminders and the resources you add are helpful! Thank you!
You’re so welcome, Carmen. On their home page, The Kineo Center has a video that begins: “We’ve got a problem. But few are talking about it. 6 out of 10 pastors says they are depressed. 74% of pastors will experience a burnout at some point. We are beat up and bruised.” Due to some technical difficulties, I wasn’t able to include the video in my post here, but I found it helpful too.