Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
—Kurt Vonnegut, 20th-century American novelist
You may wish to journal, pray, or meditate on these questions:
- In what ways am I currently taking good care of myself?
- In what ways could I take better care of myself?
- Where do I currently feel joy or satisfaction in my congregational work?
- In what ways does my congregational involvement feel like a chore or an obligation?
- Are there changes I need to make in my life or in the way in which I interact with the congregation?
Invite family members and friends to reflect with you on these questions.
Find Out More
You may wish to add resources that informed this workshop to your congregation’s leadership library:
- Lynne M. Baab, Beating Burnout in Congregations (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 1989)
- Margaret Benefiel, Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations (New York: Seabury, 2005)
- Ric Masten, Ric Masten Speaking (Watsonville, CA: Paper Mache Press, 1990)
- Mary Oliver, Dreamwork (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986)
- Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999)
- Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger, Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples (Nashville: B&H Books, 2011)
Here are some additional resources to explore online:
- “Understanding the radical history of self-care is essential to practicing it successfully” by Sadie Trombetta, posted in Hello Giggles, January 2, 2018
- “3 Things You Should Know About Intersectionality and Self-Care” by Rex Leonowicz, posted in Shine
- “Self-care isn’t enough. We need community care to survive” by Heather Dockray, posted in Mashable, May 24, 2019
- “25 Cheat Sheets for Taking Care of Yourself Like a Damn Adult” by Anna Borges, posted in Mashables, March 30, 2017
- “8 Ways You Can Practice Self-Care In the Face of Daily Racism” by Roberta K. Timothy, posted in Huffpost.ca, May 8, 2018