“This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me,” (Matthew 26:38, MSG).
Christ felt the weight of His ministry sapping away His life, and He pleaded for His friends to help Him. How many of us, as pastors, have ever felt that way? Aren’t there times in our lives where we feel that our ministry, which we love, has drained everything out of us – and “my health fails; my spirits droop,” (Psalm 73:26, TLB).
According to the Church Health Reader (https://chreader.org/the-pastors-health/) pastors were once among the healthiest of professions in America. But now we see increasing rates of major chronic diseases. And not only so, but the stress and strain of ministry affects pastors in their emotional and mental health, as well as their relationships with family and friends.
The NAD Health Ministries department is collaborating with NAD Ministerial, and others, to look at what are the pressing health issues among Adventist pastors, the primary causes of those health problems, and how we can best support better health for them and their families.
At the CALLED Convention, you will hear about what we’ve learned so far from the Adventist Health Studies-2, from small group sessions with current pastors, and from research done among other clergy. You won’t want to miss the compelling presentation by Dr. David Williams, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
You will also enjoy fun and engaging activities with the F5 Challenge Ministry. Ministerial spouses will get an extra treat as members of this team lead them through an obstacle course that will be fun for everyone.
You matter. Your health matters. And we’ll have fun together as we all take a few steps along on our health journeys.