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AFFIRMING UNHEALTHY CLERGY

CLERGY DON’T HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER Clergy, like all humans, come to their work with all the wounds, hungers, insecurities, and troubles of their past. As the Bible makes clear, being called by God does not perfect the person. As our seminaries demonstrate, you don’t perfect a person through education.  We are the imperfect servants of God through whom God chooses to work to effect the divine purpose. So when I say Healthy Clergy Make Healthy Congregations, I recognize that we are at best speaking of “Wounded Healers.” However, as we continue to reflect on the work of Brene’ Brown from her TED talks, a key issue for clergy is whether they can respond to the unhealthy dynamics they encounter … Continue reading