As pastors and ministry leaders, we feel called to support and care for others. Yet oftentimes, we do not accept that same support and care for ourselves. In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by Dr. Thad Austin. Thad is a senior director at the Ormond Center at Duke Divinity, and he and his team have completed a research study looking at caring for pastors and ministry leaders. Today, Thad and Jason look at some of the theological and biblical underpinnings of caring for clergy, as well as some of the roadblocks that hinder ministry leaders from accepting the care that can help their lives and ministries thrive.
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Some key takeaways from this conversation:
Thad Austin on the source of some of the problems we are facing today in the Church: "One of the reasons why we have some of the problems we have in the church is because people are pulling not from a place of fullness and abundance, but instead, from a very, very dry place."
Thad Austin on the importance of the backstage, or personal well-being, of ministry leaders: "It's really important to think about the front stage kind of persona, and the way that that sometimes, if it's not backed up by a deep spiritual well, that it actually creates a disingenuous form of ministry. This is the reason why Jesus took time away. This is the reason why he called for his disciples to take time away."
Thad Austin on the long-standing tradition of supporting ministry leaders: "The way that we support religious leaders today is actually something that's very, very old, and it's a continuation of a long narrative that stretches all through the Early Church, through the Reformation era, to the modern-day experience."
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