Workplaces that invest in promoting the psychological wellbeing of their team have increased productivity, improved worker engagement and are better able to retain talented people1. Organisations therefore need to ensure that the mental health of their leaders and staff is promoted and supported by implementing preventative measures as well as supportive interventions. The following services are on offer for organisations:
The nature of working in the church community means that leaders are regularly exposed to traumatic events and crises which may adversely impact on their psychological wellbeing and performance. The effect of being exposed to challenging situations compounds over time. Individuals differ in how they respond to stressful situations based on their qualities and skills. Even the most resilient people can be impacted by confronting situations. The demands of ministry can also lead to high levels of stress and ultimately burnout.
There can be a stigma within some church cultures about mental health and wellbeing that can hinder an individual from seeking support. Church leaders including pastors and team members who are stressed, anxious and distressed, due to either ministry or personal issues, need to be encouraged to reach out for help.
Church organisations can ensure that the mental health of their leaders is promoted and supported by implementing preventative measures as well as supportive interventions. For instance, scheduling regular Wellbeing Checks for key leaders is an important step towards managing self-care. Wellbeing checks are consult sessions that provide church leaders, including pastors, a confidential space to debrief about ministry or personal issues. The corporate services listed above are available and tailored for churches.
1Instinct and Reason (2014). Employer of Choice Study. Retrieved February 2016: https://www.headsup.org.au/docs/default-source/resources/instinct_and_reason_employer_of_choice.pdf