Pastors and their spouses face unique challenges because of the nature of pastoral work, and yet most manage these challenges successfully. Five studies are presented which help distinguish between intrapersonal, family, and community forms of care. Pastors rely heavily on intrapersonal forms of coping such as spiritual devotion, hobbies, exercise, and taking time away from work. The marriage relationship is also quite important for most clergy and spouses. Relationships outside the immediate family are not commonly identified as coping resources. Implications are discussed.
McMinn, Mark R.; Lish, R. Allen; Trice, Pamela D.; Root, Alicia M.; Gilbert, Nicole B.; and Yap, Adelene, "Care For Pastors: Learning From Clergy and Their Spouses" (2005). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 152.