What is it really like in the trenches? Having pastored four churches over the past 50 years, including innovative ministries in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Self forthrightly addresses many of the questions that seminarians ask. At the same time, he urges pastors to make a priority of their own mental health and self-care. Seasoned, hope-filled advice. 134 pages, hardcover. Mercer University.
Surviving the Stained-Glass Jungle is a compelling and positive look at the parish ministry through the eyes of a veteran pastor of more than fifty-three years. Self addresses the usual themes of preaching, administration, and pastoral care, but also gives practical help with the issues of the pastor's own mental health and self-care. The book directly confronts the issues of burnout, conflict, stress, and social concerns.
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