Sabbath/ Sabbatical-

Bullock, A. Richard and Richard Bruesehoff, Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning, Alban Institute, ©2000.

Dawn, Marva J., Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, resting, embracing, feasting, Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., ©1989.

Muller, Wayne; Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest; Bantam Books; New York, N.Y.; ©1999.

Muller, Wayne, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, Bantam Books, ©2000.

Wirzba, Norman, Living The Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight, Brazos Press, ©2006.

Self-Care -

Faith and Leadership Website resources for Wellbeing. To check out resources, CLICK HERE.

Halaas, G.W. The right road: Life choices for clergy. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN,  ©2004.

Harbaug, Gary L., The Confident Christian: Seeing with the eyes of faith, Augsburg, ©2000. (includes a Faith Hardiness Inventory)

Harbaugh, Gary L., Pastor as Person: Maintaining Personal Integrity in the Choices and Challenges of Ministry, Augsburg, ©1984, (wholistic model – physical, thinking, feeling, relating, and choosing person)

Headley, A.J. Reframing your ministry: Balancing professional responsibilities and personal needs. Evangel Publishing House, Nappanee, IN,  ©2007.

Jones, Kirk Byron, Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers. Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA. ©2001.

Melander, Rochelle and Eppley, Howard, The Spiritual Leader’s Guide to Self-Care, Alban, ©2002

     (52 week program in six sections – creating and sustaining a life vision, caring for

       yourself at work, caring for physical, material, spiritual and intellectual needs,

       and nurturing relationships includes connecting with yourself, with a partner and

       with God)

Oswald, Roy, Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry, Alban, ©1991 (includes self-care strategies)

Oswald, Roy M. How to Build A Support System For Your Ministry. Herndon, VA: Alban, ©1991.

Rediger, G. Lloyd, Fit to be a Pastor: A Call to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness, Westminster John Knox, ©2000.

Richardson, Rev. Carol. Aging Well - Be Your Best Self Forever. self-published, ©2010. find this available online by CLICKING HERE.

Samples, Pat, Diane Larsen, and Marvin Larsen. Self-Care for Care givers. Center City, MN: Hazelden, ©1991.

Siler, Mahan; Anam Cara: Collegial Clergy Communities; Publications Unlimited, Raleigh, N.C.; ; ©2008.  

Wright, Tim and Lori Woods. The Ministry Marathon: Caring for Yourself While You Care for the People of God. Nashville: Abingdon Press, ©1999.


Andrews, Cecile; The Circle of Simplicity: Return To The Good Life; Harper Collins, New York, N.Y.; ©1997.

DeGrote-Sorensen, Barbara and David; ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple: Embracing the Freedom of Living with Less; Augsberg, Minneapolis, Minnesota; ©1992.

Elgin, Duane; Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich; William Morrow publishers, New York, N.Y., ©1993.

Merkel, Jim; Radical Simplicity: small footprints on a finite Earth; New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada; ©2003.

Somon, Arthur; How Much Is Enough? Hungering for God in an affluent culture; Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI; ©2003.

Social / Interpersonal / Relational-

Faith and Leadership Website resources on Reconciliation; to access resources, CLICK HERE.

Farrar, Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down:  A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Straus and Giroux, New York, ©1997.

Frazee, Randy. Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, ©2003.

Martinson, Paul Varo , Families of Faith: An Introduction to World Religions for Christians, Fortress Press, ©1999. Authoritative information and helpful perspectives on the world religions, showing how we can best engage in dialogue with their followers.

Pink, Daniel, H., A Whole New Mind (Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future), Berkeley Publishing Group, 2006. 

Siler, Mahan; Anam Cara: Collegial Clergy Communities; Publications Unlimited, Raleigh, N.C.; ; ©2008.  

Thomas, Frank A. Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, ©2002.

Webster, Douglas D. ,  Soulcraft: How God Shapes Us Through Relationships, InterVarsity Press, ©2000.

Spiritual Direction-

Guenther, Margaret; Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction; Cowley Publications; Boston, Massachusetts; ©1992.

Beckman, Betsey and Christine Valters Painter; Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction; Spiritual Directors International; ©2010.

Spirituality (general)-

Arnold, Johann Christoph; Seeking Peace: Notes and Conversations Along the Way, The Plough Publishing House, ©1998.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich; The Cost of Discipleship; Macmillan Publishing, New York, N.Y.; ©1937 .... 1961.

Chittister, Joan; Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, Harper Collins Publishing, ©1990.

Cornwall, Robert D.; Unfettered Spirit: Spiritual Gifts for the New Great Awakening; Energion Publications; Gonzalez, FL, ©2013. CLICK HERE for order information.

Dwinell, Michael; Being Priest to One Another; Triumph Books; Liguori, MO., ©1993.

Dwinell, Michael; God Birthing: Toward sacredness, personal meaning and spiritual nourishment; Triumph Books; Liguori, MO., ©1994.

Dykstra, Craig. Growing in the Life of Faith. Louisville: Geneva Press, ©1999.

Epperly, Bruce; Holy Adventure: Forty One Days of Audacious Living; Upper room, ©2008.

Farrington, Debra K. ; Living Faith Day By Day: How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Traditions Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern World, The Berkeley Publishing Group, ©2000.

Foster, Richard J.; Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth; Harper and Row, San Francisco, CA; 1978.

Fox, Matthew; Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth; Harper, San Francisco, CA; ©1991.

Groff, Kent Ira; Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers, Alban Institute, ©1993.

Madigan, Shawn , Fortress Press, Editor, Mystics, Visionaries, and Prophets: A Historical Anthology of Women's Spiritual Writings, ©1998.  [Winner of Catholic Press Association Book-of-the-Year Award—Spirituality]

Moessner , Jeanne Stevenson , Editor, In Her Own Time: Women and Developmental Issues in Pastoral Care, Fortress Press. ©2000

Norris, Kathleen, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, ©1993.

Norris, Kathleen, The Cloister Walk, Riverhead Books, ©1996.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.; Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World; Crossroads, New York, N.Y.; ©1995.

O’Donohue, John; Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom; Harper Colliins, New York; ©1997.

Rediger, G. Lloyd. Fit to be a Pastor: A Call to Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, ©2000.

Romney, Rodney; Wilderness Spirituality: finding your way in an unsettled world; Element Books; Boston, MA; 1999.

Roof, Wade Clark; A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation; Harper Collins; San Francisco, CA.; ©1994.

Siler, Mahan; Anam Cara: Collegial Clergy Communities; Publications Unlimited, Raleigh, N.C.; ; ©2008.  

Thompson, Marjorie. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Louisville: WJKP, ©1995.

Tippett, Krista, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Penguin Books, ©2016.

Ware, Corrine. Discover Your Spiritual Type. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, ©1995.

Wimberly, Edward P. Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, ©1997.

Stress / Burnout-

Baab, Lynne M.  Beating Burnout in congregations. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, © 2003.

Fenton, Gary. Your Ministry's Next Chapter: Restoring the Passion of a Mid-Career Pastor. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, ©1999.

Hoge, Dean R. and Jacqueline E. Wenger. Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, ©2005.

Hulme, William F. Managing Stress in ministry. San Francisco: Harper and Row, ©1985.

Lehr, Fred. Clergy Burnout: Recovering from the 70-Hour Work Week... and Other Self-Defeating Practices. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, ©2006.

Lencioni, Patrick. The Three Signs of a Miserable Job. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, ©2007.

London, H.B. Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman. Pastors at Risk. Carol Stream, IL: Victor Books, ©1993.

London, H.B. Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman. Pastors at Greater Risk. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light Publications, ©2003.

McIntosh, Gary L. and Robert L. Edmondson. It Only Hurts on Monday: Why Pastors Quit and What You Can Do About It. Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, © 1998.

Pappas, Anthony G. Pastoral Stress: Sources of Tension, Resources for Transformation. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, ©1995.

Rediger, G. Lloyd. Coping with Clergy Burnout. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, ©1982.

Sperry, Len. Ministry and Community: Recognizing, Healing, and Preventing Ministry Impairment. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, ©2000.

Steinke, Peter L. Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, ©2006.

Swenson, Richard A. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. Colorado Spring, CO: NavPress, ©1992.

Tager, Mark and Stephen Willard. Transforming Stress into Power. Chicago: Great Performance, ©1998. 

Systems -

Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: Guilford Press, ©1985.

Friedman, Edwin H., A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. New York: Church Press, ©2007. 

Richardson, Ronald W. Becoming a Healthier Pastor: Family Systems Theory and the Pastor's Own Family. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, ©2005.

Stevens, R. Paul and Phil Collins. The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, ©1993.