The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Caring for clergy

Experience with depression and anxiety opened former Presbyterian pastor George Jacobs' eyes to the needs of "exhausted and burned-out" clergy. The nondenominational Davidson [N.C.] Clergy Center helps pastors, spouses and other church professionals improve their spiritual, mental and physical health (www.davidsonclergycenter.org).

The center provides visitors with personal time for counseling, with psychiatrists available if needed. A nurse offers a health check that includes blood tests for cholesterol and a blood pressure test. A personal trainer helps them create a fitness plan.

"The two most rewarding aspects are seeing the clergy have renewed hope for the ministry and being able to give them insights into themselves and their congregations," Jacobs says.


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