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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