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A religious publishing company estimates that the average pastor buys only six to twelve books per year. What is even more interesting is that the same study reveals the average pastor reads only three books per year.

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Dec 22, 2016

A Busy Year for Clergy Care

I’d like to share with you an update of our work over the past year.

The Center has hosted two Clergy Conferences, along with Baptist Hospital, one in April and one in November of this year. The April conference was a Clergy Health Fair. We hosted 120 pastors who were involved in numerous activities including real-time lipid profiles, Beck Depression Inventories, and consultations with Healthy Lives of Baptist Healthcare, the YMCA, and Running Wild. Other important groups such as Higher Ground, USA, Landrum Support Services, and specialists focusing on the ancient tradition of the Enneagram were on hand for consultation. It was a good day and I continue to hear positive comments regarding the Clergy Conference. In November of this year, we hosted a “Understanding Your Workstyle” seminar, which was limited to 70 participants. This was an opportunity for pastors, and their non-ordained support staff, to engage in dialogue around workstyles in an attempt at building teamwork and improved communication amongst support staff in an ecumenical setting.

May 14, 2015

Books for Difficult Times

In the most recent issue of Christian Century magazine, an several pastors, theologians, and seminary professors were asked an important question. The question essentially was to “Is there a book that carried you through difficult, low times in your spiritual journey?” For me, the responses were fascinating.

May 9, 2013

Weight Loss is Ministry’s Gain

At one time, Pastor Eldrick Davis couldn’t preach without a portable oxygen tank. Last year, he lost more than 100 pounds with the support of his congregation and a Duke program to help pastors lose weight and improve their health.

Article by Yonat Shimron
Photo by Alex Maness

Sep 25, 2012

Healthy Practices for Practicing Balance

Achieving a healthy work-life balance eventually comes down to personal responsibility and discipline. We must make the right choices, and our choices must be influenced by our attitudes and values. Behaviors that flow from our deeply held beliefs help us counter external pressures that keep us from taking care of ourselves.

Jun 29, 2012

Why ObamaCare is Not Enough: It’s the Health Care Costs, Stupid!

In the run-up to the presidential election, the political debate is heating up around ObamaCare. This week the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare and the individual mandate, but the single biggest question is hauntingly absent from the campaign discourse.

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