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- Publication Date: June 26, 2020
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The Rev. McCutchan has a big heart for clergy and the Church they serve. From his lifetime of ordained ministry he knows the struggles and pain experienced by clergy of all denominations. His book offers ideas, explanations, and activities aimed at helping clergy find wholeness and maintaining wellness for their sake and the sake of their congregations. I recommend this book to clergy who are struggling and I recommend it especially to clergy who don’t know they are struggling. This book can help bring healing and be preventative medicine to help maintain wellness in cleric and church.
The Rev. Earl Beshears
The author is a long-term pastor who straightforwardly recognizes that, while not exclusively dependent on clergy, congregational health is affected by the spiritual health of the pastor. He offers a process that consists of issue identification, spiritual reflection through a series of questions related to the perceived issue and joint sharing of possible responses. Recognizing that God is present in all things, he offers us a set of spiritual tools which can be easily adapted in time and place to any congregation. This approach, when applied in an environment of mutual concern and commitment, can go a long way toward holding things together in fruitful tension and to increasing clergy and congregational health.
In our current challenging time of a global pandemic, widespread economic hardship, racial strife, political division and emotional issues for many, the church is stressed like never before. Steve’s work can help.
He addresses issues like sabbath and sabbatical, anger and loneliness, and challenges pastors to be authentic in their self-care.
I especially enjoyed his references to the Beatitudes and to attending to the Spirit within the congregation.
Biblically grounded, spiritually centered and full of grace, Steve has made a valuable contribution to the body of Christ with this book.
Rev. David Gray, author Practicing Balance: How Congregations Can Support Harmony in Work and Life
Do you need a workbook to help you evaluate your spiritual health and that of the congregation?
What about a spiritual guide for anyone (not only clergy) in need of renewal? The section on praying the psalms is unique and beautiful and playful. McCutchan also provides rationale to convince the most duty-bound pastor of the necessity of observing a weekly Sabbath as well as finding or creating ways to take a sabbatical for more depth.
What about the clergyperson's family and their spiritual needs? Often the congregation assumes these are addressed by the pastor/rabbi/iman--but they need a support who can be objective. Here are resources to assist families to see their own call within the pastor's call.
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, this book is for you!