We update the library regularly with new, reviewed resources. Select a subject to get started!

Our Research
The results of our clergy family research which explores how ministry affects clergy families in Australia.

Clergy Self Care

Pastors Need Friends Too An excellent article looking at the benefits of friendship to nourish yourself and protect your ministry.

Those Who Flourish in Ministry Are Intentional
About Their Well-Being
Current US research exploring how clergy cope with and enjoy their ministry journey.

Self-Care vs Self-Medicating A wonderful US article on ways clergy try to cope with stress using self-medication, and exploring self-care to avoid burnout.

A Six-Step Strategy on How to Say No...Nicely A great article for one of the hardest aspects of ministry! Helpful and kind ideas that are easy to implement.

5 Ways For Church Leaders To Recharge After Christmas An inspiring and easy-read article with refreshing ways to relax (we loved 'get swept away by a good book'...)

Clergy Burnout & Prevention

To Burnout or Not to Burnout? An Australian paper. Worth a read for ideas on managing burnout and stress.

Stressors of Pastors and Leaders Worth a read if you're interested in understanding more about burnout and supporting clergy.

Could Your Pastor Be Close To Burn Out? An easy-to-read article about clergy work hours. Great insights from the UK.

Why Do Clergy Workers Burn Out? A favourite article of ours about understanding clergy burnout.

Clergy Work Conditions

Are Clergy Hours Fair? How many hours do clergy work? Is that reasonable?

Do Clergy Need A Union? Asking the question about the working conditions of clergy and if a union would assist them and their families.

Are Clergy Hours Fair? How many hours do clergy work? Is that reasonable?

Clergy & A Happy Workforce A summary of research into what affects the performance and enjoyment of various occupations.

How Clergy Became Scapegoats of the Sex Abuse Crisis An honest look at the recent sex abuse crisis in Australian churches and how it may affect clergy and church communities in the future.
Reflections from Others

10 Reasons I Am A Pastor (Anonymous, US)

Honest Praise (Gary, US)

Advice From Seasoned Clergy

10 Things Pastors Wish They Knew Before They Became Pastors A great list of advice from seasoned clergy. Finances, leadership, and dating your spouse are in the top 10.

An encouraging read from a seasoned minister who has learned how to love others and continue in her calling despite opposition.

As A Leader, You Have Permission Some encouraging words from a clergy mentor who believes it's important have permission to be still, lead yourself and be told "It's ok, you're not crazy!"

Books & Resources

Coming Soon!

Just For Laughs

The Pastor's Chair A fun and honest skit on a day in the life of a clergy worker!

There's Not Enough Bacon In Your Sandwiches There's some funny expectations about clergy out there, anyone here know a small group for cat lovers?! Enjoy some laughs (and humourous responses!). Our reflections here.