Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Theology of self-care
Roy Oswald's book, Clergy Self-Care, begins by looking at the theology of health/wellness. A colleague provided the following notes in relation to this section of the book:
• God is omnipotent and omnipresent, ministers are not!
• God in Christ has done all that is necessary to redeem the world. Ministers do not need to save the world again.
• Mission and ministry belong to whole Body of Christ; a communal activity. Ministry does not belong solely to the Minister.
• Ministry should be a response to an experience of the grace of God. However motives can become distorted and ministry can flow from guilt or the seeking of personal fulfillment.
• Ministers are created beings, and with all humanity have limitations and weaknesses.
• Human beings are responsible for the stewardship of God’s world and themselves.
• God has given a model of self-care in observing the sacred rhythm of work and rest, the Sabbath. Jesus provides a model of doing ministry and taking care of himself; a balance of work and rest.
• Ministers need to learn that to be a person of compassion; we must not to be strung out with every human need that comes along.
• The biblical view of human beings is that the body, heart, soul and mind are all interconnected, parts of our whole being.