From Weary to Wholehearted

A Restorative Resource for Overcoming Clergy Burnout

Callie Swanlund

May/2024, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN-13: 9781640656789

An empowering antidote to one of the leading challenges facing clergy and lay ministers today: burnout.

Clergy and lay ministry professionals are exhausted. The past few years of collegial loneliness, ever-changing ministry practices, illness and death, and declining church attendance have led many to report finding less joy in their ministry. Suffering the effects of burnout and declining mental health, some clergy are contemplating a radical vocational change, or have already left traditional ministry altogether. From Weary to Wholehearted isn’t a quick fix, but a much-needed companion to remind faith leaders they are not alone, support them through sustainable tools for finding joy and rest, and re-ground them in spiritual nourishment.

Swanlund calls readers to show up with their whole heart, vulnerably and courageously. Each section will address a source of weariness, including overwhelm, loneliness, comparison, lack of inspiration, and more. The book incorporates research in the fields of sociology and psychology, as well as Swanlund’s experience as a faith leader, spiritual companion, and Certified Daring Way facilitator. The chapters will contain scripture, personal meditation, reflection prompts, an invitation toward flourishing, and an original prayer. Drawing upon the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, From Weary to Wholehearted begins with the spiritual themes of justice and anticipation in Advent and moves through the sustainable practices invited by Ordinary Time. While not expressly a homiletic or liturgical resource, it will infuse new life into the ministry of emotionally impoverished preachers and lay leaders.

CALLIE SWANLUND is a retreat leader, spiritual companion, and coach. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, she is growing a creative ministry and leads individuals and groups in the work of Dr. Brené Brown as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. Her film, How2charist: Digital Instructed Eucharist, has reached Christians around the world. An Episcopal Church Foundation fellow, Swanlund has keynoted the Kanuga Christian Formation Conference and the annual conference for Episcopal Communicators. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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