An Obligation On Self Care

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an obligation. Self-care means balancing a concern for others with a concern for one’s own well-being...” A similar view is held by Eileen Scully who believes that the challenge to be well is rooted in the sacramental promise of communion and baptism. As the Body of Christ is called to completeness, so pastors are called to a new way of life which was fashioned, well-ordered and blessed by God and acquired for us through our Lord Jesus Christ. “Just as the church has come to express a theology of ordained ministry that is rooted in and serves the baptismal ministry shared by the whole church, so too, issues of clergy wellness cannot be seen in isolation from the wellness of the whole body.” These points of view are echoed by G. Lloyd Rediger who believes that pastors are peculiarly unconcerned about their physical fitness and well-being and make less provision for their agendas and time schedules. Their own self-care is set aside in favor of other ministry requirements. These obligations intrude and take over the very essence of their beings. Rediger further inserts that there is a theological disconnect when pastors fail to model fitness for their congregation. Pastors have been guilt-ridden to denying the body in order to enrich their spirits. Gary Thomas, author of Everybody Matters; Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen your Soul, says, “Becoming spiritually and physically fit are two ways that we can grow in our inner and outer strength, as well as in our
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