Thriving in Ministry: Exploring the Support Systems and Self-Care Practices of Experienced Pastors

pp. 48-66Date Published: 13 July 2015

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Though pastors face countless challenges in the work they are called to do, many find ways to overcome their trials and ultimately thrive in their profession. The current qualitative study was designed to examine the careers of experienced clergy to better understand factors contributing to their success. Sixteen such individuals participated in structured interviews focusing on their ministry; and the two most prominent themes that emerged, support systems and self-care practices, communicated the strength of their narratives. The unique insights provided may be beneficial to newer clergy or to those contemplating a clerical vocation.