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An overview of the effects of burnout and stress in the lives of ministers.

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It is a well-known fact that: a) Ministers conduct their work under enormous pressure b) They carry a burdensome workload trying to meet unrealistic expectations from their congregations and the community at large c) This also impacts negatively upon their own families who tend to suffer neglect and lack of quality time. The inevitable result is descent into a state of burnout and stress. This dissertation: 1) Analyses this predicament 2) Suggests ways of overcoming it. 3) It draws on the insights of both secular wisdom and Biblical scripture. 4) It aims to bring about healing and restoration to the beleaguered minister so that he can once again resume his life’s calling in a state of wholeness.


Thesis (M.A.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2008.


Clergy--Job stress., Clergy--Conduct of life., Clergy--Psychology., Theses--Religion.