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Covenants and Care: Boundaries in Life, Faith, and Ministry

Covenants and Care

Boundaries in Life, Faith, and Ministry

Rebecca Lee Brenneis (Author), Gary L. Harbaugh (Author), Rodney R. Hutton (Author)


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Everyone in—or associated with—pastoral ministry knows of the heavy toll on pastors' personal and professional lives. Surveys commonly report time pressures, stress, overextension, loneliness and isolation, marital and family difficulties, spiritual dryness, and feelings of loss of meaning.

Covenants and Care takes these hard realities into account as the authors, a team of experts in ministry and the Bible, offer skills for the long haul. They employ the Old Testament notion of covenant and ask ministers to enter a covenant both for their own self-care and as a key to framing and enlivening their care for others in ministry. True-to-life stories show how biblically-based covenantal relationships with clear boundaries promote healthy relationships, and how they are integral to faithful personal and pastoral care. The authors' sensible yet sensitive approach offers practical help for the minister's self-care while providing tools for meeting such challenges as conflict in the congregation, issues of sexual ethics, questions of power and conscience, and the dynamics of spirituality.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800629885
  • eBook ISBN 9781451416497
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date March 23, 1998


"Covenants and care is an excellent resource for pastors and seminarians negotiating the web of challenges and conflicts that can wear down and overwhelm leaders in ministry . . . a must read for pastoral care classes and clergy." --Roland Martinson, Luther Seminary