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Are you overdosing on overcommitment? In trying to uphold the godly callings of managerial and administrative leadership in the pastorate, even the most committed and competent ministers suffer enormous physical, mental, and spiritual strain.
Drawing from biblical, theological, and sociological sources as well as personal experience, author Kirk Jones discusses the fundamental importance of self-care for clergy and other professions engaged in helping people. Filled with creative and practical strategies for integrating self-care into vocational life, this compelling resource identifies the factors that influence overload and outlines plausible strategies for escaping such bondage.
"Dr. Jones has heard my plaintive cry, 'Man overboard!' for those of us whose lives are daily tossed and driven by the beating and battering waves of congregational, denominational, and relational responsibilities, Rest in the Storm is the life saver we've been waiting for." Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III, executive director, National Ministries, ABC/USA
"Dr. Jones has given us a remarkable resource for managing the chronic role confusions and burnout that afflict nearly every pastor sometime in their ministry. His sharing of personal experience and insights, as well as penetrating quotations from noted spiritual leaders, make this a self-care book that will be read and reread. It should be on the top ten list for clergy organizations." G. Lloyd Rediger, Author of Clergy Killers
"Rest in the Storm calls attention to the high costs paid by clergy for the success-syndrome of the church. This book not only lines out the pathology marked as 'self-violence' on the part of clergy but moves concretely to think about self-care that is not maudlin but informed by the Gospel itself." Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Dr. Jones offers the spiritual, physical and emotional tools needed to rest while being present to the demands of relational and institutional responsibilities. Rest in the Storm is sure to be a requirement in seminaries and universities who are training professionals to care for others." Donna M. Cassity, Hamden, Connecticut
Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, PhD, DMin, MPhil, MDiv, is a graduate of Loyola University, Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.
A pastor for twenty years, Rev. Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and First Baptist Church, Randolph, MA.
Currently a professor of ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997.
Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books including Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers which was recognized in 2009 as one of only 40 books and films selected by Sojourners magazine as the "Best Resources for Social Change." The Sojourners list included the works of historic and contemporary luminaries, including Sojourner Truth, Henri Nouwen, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Jones's other popular titles include:• Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down• The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy (Abingdon Press)• Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink For Your Soul and The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal (Augsburg Books)• Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose (Jossey-Bass).
Dr. Jones enjoys a leisure life of family play, reading, listening to music (especially jazz), and having new learning adventures every day.
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