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Pastoral Care: Personal Care for Care-Givers

hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to encourage pastoral care providers to engage in needed self-care. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads - to develop awareness and cultivate personal time and space
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles - for moments of encouragement and support
  • Websites & Curricula - to develop personal awareness and growth
  • Videos & Webinars - for sustenance and encouragement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books, Downloads & Journals

     Beside Still Waters: Favorite Prayers, Poems, and Scriptures to Calm the Soul     

     The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society: Straub,  Gail: 9780963032737: Books    



Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Rest Supports Grieving: Grief Rituals blog post from April 8, 2020 by Tricia Hersey - read it!!!

contributor Rev. Julia, from Faith, Grace, and Hope: Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Traveler on the Way of Jesus, illuminates clergy sorrow in I Am Not Afraid. I Am Heartbroken. Sharing it with your congregation may facilitate helpful conversations.

shares two posts on care-giving: Parker Palmer’s The Gift of Presence, the Perils of Advice and How to Reach Out to Someone Who Is Struggling by Omid Safi. Both are excellent reads both for pastoral care providers and for volunteer visitors.

(fb) hosts Leading Ideas, a semi-regular blog on current topics (including Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis), helps in finding resources, and offers online resources at a discount.

Websites & Curricula

is all about caring for pastoral care providers. They have numerous opportunities for self-care, personal growth, new learning and more, including:

  • Renewing Leadership: A cohort-based group facilitated by certified coaches Deborah Rundlett and Okokon Udo, Renewing Leadership includes a 360 assessment and a 1-on-1 coaching session.

  • UnMasking Discovery: A Journey of Identity, Voice, and Impact: a journey of social action and personal transformation in which you are invited to examine the masks you’ve had, to re-discover your authentic self, and to create a new way of being in the world.

  • A second series of Conversations on Race focusing on the topics of Changing Self, Changing Community, and Changing Systems.

  • Clergy Consultation Groups: confidential space to share wisdom, learn from each other, exchange ideas, and process experiences of ministry during the pandemic; facilitated by experienced LeaderWise staff. Groups will meet for eight sessions either weekly, every other week, or monthly.

  • Beyond: The Art & Soul of Re-Creation: a four-month learning community intended for pastors and leaders, circles of five to eight, committed to valuing and fostering personal and social transformation within self, congregation, and community; a fourfold focus seeks to honor the shared wisdom, intelligence, and creativity toward embracing our changing culture with care.



Convergence offers both On-Demand Learning (including FaithLead’s, National Faith Leaders Reflect on a Global Pandemic and Being Grateful in Difficult Times: An Online Journey with Barbara Butler Bass) and Executive Coaching for congregational leaders.


ConseCrate Subscription Box

A monthly gift box created and curated exclusively for women in ministry!

Bearing Witness offers resources for supporting whistleblowers in the workplace, governmental agencies, and congregational settings.

Video & Webinars

The Academy: PC(USA) offers Pastoral Care Academy: reflect on what it means to provide pastoral care in a variety of settings and concerns.

Led by long-time hospital chaplain and current Marriage and Family Counselor, Rev. Lisa Watson.

Register / find additional information

Feb. 1 - March 8, 2021

Join Jody Thone Jan. 8, 15, and/or 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. to look at Kristin Neff's three components of compassion: Jan. 8: Kindness vs. Judgment / Jan. 15: Common Humanity vs. Isolation / Jan. 22: Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification. Register here

hosted by award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, offers strategies to help us cope with our heightened emotions during the pandemic.

shared Building Resilience webinars for faith leaders

is a free seven-part on-demand video teaching series from Carey Nieuwhof.

for personal growth and continuing education pertinent to COVID-19 days and beyond.

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® is a prevention and wellness process anyone can use to get well, and stay well. Create your own wellness plan in this online seminar. Registration is required.