How can we process the baggage we're carrying from dysfunctional relationships in our past in a manner that helps us become healthier in both life and ministry? In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by Ike Miller. Ike is the founding and lead pastor of Bright City Church in Durham, North Carolina. Ike writes regularly about the intersection of theology and mental health. His newest book is entitled Good Baggage. Together, Ike and Jason look at the importance for us as pastors and ministry leaders to better understand the coping mechanisms we've developed from past dysfunctional relationships and how those impact the way we minister and live today. Ike also shares how God can redeem some of that baggage in such a way that we can embrace healthier lives and ministries.
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Some key takeaways from this conversation:
Ike Miller on the importance of self-care and personal development for pastors to be effective in their ministry: "Take time for your own soul's journey. A healthier, more present pastor can better care for their people."
Ike Miller on our past struggles and how we coped with them can provide us with insights and compassion that we can use to help others who are going through similar situations: "Our past coping mechanisms may no longer serve us, but they can become powerful tools for understanding and caring for others."
Ike Miller on codependency leading to a lack of boundaries in various aspects of life, including time and relationships: "Because of our codependency, we fail to establish boundaries around our time, our relationships."
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