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Pastors are leaving ministry. Faced with pressures and stresses in their marriage and family, in their career and employment, in their personal sense of self-worth and success - all too often pastors leave ministry tired and discouraged. How can a pastor manage the stress that comes with ministry before the point of burn out?
Managing Stress in Ministry will help pastors and spouses find fresh hope, discover new tools for coping with stress, and help them move forward to more effective life and ministry. Through real-life stories and clear application, authors David and Lisa Frisbie will help pastors identify key stressors that affect ministry and provide realistic ways to implement habits to lower stress level.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2014
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Author: Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie
Located in: San Diego, California
Submitted: April 26, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. We are family counselors and authors; most people know us from our work with remarried couples and blended families. However, we've worked with pastors and missionaries for more than two decades: speaking at retreats, camps and conferences, and doing counseling for couples and families in crisis. This is our 24th published book; none self-published, all with Christian publishers.
What was your motivation behind this project? After two decades of working with ministers and missionaries, we were approached by the team at Beacon Hill Press. They wanted a book that would help ministry couples de-stress, draw closer together, and stay in ministry --- instead of burning out or dropping out. We talked with Beacon Hill for almost a year --- understanding their goals for the project. Then we spent several years doing research and writing for this book.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? If you have a friend or family member who is serving in missions or ministry --- send them this book. If you yourself are a pastor or missionary, this book is for you. You'll find real-life stories and examples, up-to-date scholarship and research, and a lot of practical, real-world strategies that have been field-tested by those in ministry.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This one has been a labor of love. We speak at Ministers and Mates Retreats, at retreats for Teen PK's and TCK's, at camps and conferences for missionary families, and in many other similar settings. We love helping families in ministry; they are on the "front lines" of Christian service. There is no category of couple or family we would rather serve. We love helping ministers and missionaries.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? David: John Eldredge, Philip Yancey, Larry Osborne, John Piper and many others. Lisa: Francine Rivers, Sally John, Susan Meissner, Stormie O'Martian and many others. We've had the privilege of meeting so many of today's great thinkers and authors while we've shared speaking duties at conferences, retreats or author events. North Coast Church in California, and Willow Creek Church in Illinois, among others --- are doing amazing work. Their conferences are worth your interest and your investment.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We've counseled and listened to literally hundreds of couples in ministry across the arc of our adult lives. We've prayed with them, learned from them, shared their highs and lows, joys and sorrows. This book is for anyone who serves in missions or ministry -- written as a labor of love, and as our gift "serving those who serve." This book belongs to the God we love and serve; it is all His.