A rediscovery of humility is in order, if pastors are to maintain the mental, emotional, and spiritual health that allows them to continue faithfully in the ministry.
Shortly after being ordained, I found myself completely overwhelmed. Within a year, I was teetering on burnout.
Bishops, clergy, and lay leaders need to understand the full range of leadership dynamics in their task as leaders of the Church.
A commonplace among clergy is that seminary hardly prepares the pastor for all the difficulties and trials found in the crucible of parish life, but a good seminary education at least furnishes an ability to identify the hardships as they come.
The work of the Church must belong to the body of Christ, which is much, much more than the bodies of the priested.
"Let me give you a piece of advice," said the man. Wishing he wouldn't, I nevertheless nodded my head.
Part of the art of pastoral leadership is the abiding sense, firmly planted in the people of God, that their pastor's love for them is there from the start.
Fr. Jonathan Mitchican considers the four secrets of successful pastors.