Show Notes – Episode 24

Emotional Health in Gospel Ministry (Part Three)

Jonathan Hoover serves as the Associate Pastor and Couples Pastor at NewSpring Church in Wichita, Kansas. Jonathan holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Science degree from Regent University in general psychology; and he is currently a student at Grand Canyon University, pursuing his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.

Biblical and Gospel Principles

The gospel is the golden thread we should have our hand around in ministry.

The Skill of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to direct your attention and focus. It’s being able to focus intuitionally; it’s turning your brain into a speedboat instead of a sailboat.

To the struggling/hurting pastor:

Don’t give up. You’ll get past this.

You’re not crazy, even though you feel crazy.

Make 3 appointments (right now!):
Primary Care Physician—Tell your physician what you’re going through. Insist on a full physical.
Christian Therapist—Find a licensed professional that you trust.
A Pastor—Find one that you respect.

If you are in a full-on nervous breakdown, you’ll need 6–8 weeks to recover and heal.

What are some mid-course corrections for a pastor on the wrong track?

  • Take some of the immediacy out of your tasks.
  • Listen to the people who have been telling you to pair down.

  • Consider bringing in an organizational consultant.
  • Create a game plan to take care of yourself.
  • Do what you already know you should do.

Helpful Resources:

Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

Comeback by Louie Giglio

Replenish by Lance Whitt

Thriving Under Stress by Steve Jex

Boundaries by Henry Cloud