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Christian Counselors Explore “Stress-Busting” in Ministry

Managing Stress In Ministry 

Aug. 4, 2014

Christian family counselors Dr. David ('75) and Lisa (Jacobsen, '78) Frisbie are the authors of 25 books (none self-published) on topics of relationships, parenting and family life. For their newest release, Dr. and Mrs. Frisbie tackled the tough topic of stress in pastoral ministry —- how to meet it and how to beat it.

“More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry each month in North

America,” Dr. Frisbie reports. “Some of these are retiring or are due to normal attrition, but many of these departures are prompted by unresolved conflict, political or power struggles in the congregation, and other stressful events.”

Publisher Beacon Hill Press (Kansas City) approached Dr. and Mrs. Frisbie with the idea of helping ministers survive and thrive. The topic was close to their hearts —- the Frisbie’s speak at retreats and conferences for ministers and missionaries on a regular basis.

“While we try not to have favorites,” Lisa smiles, “we deeply love those who serve us in pastoral ministry, together with their spouses and their children. We’ve spoken overseas at retreats for Teen PK’s and TCK’s

(pastors kids and third-culture kids) and we’ve spoken all over the world for

Ministers and Mates Retreats. We love serving those who serve!”

After several chapters of exploring stress and stress theory, the new book turns to five specific stressors that are unique to settings of ministry. Drawing upon real-life stories and up-to-date examples, Dr. and Mrs. Frisbie point the way to better pastoral health, both emotional and spiritual.

Dr. H. B. London, America’s “Pastor to Pastors,” wrote the foreword for the new book. Dr. London, who is a first cousin of Dr. James Dobson, served alongside Dobson for many years at Focus on the Family. London and Focus has been supportive of the books and writing of the Frisbies.

Released last month, initial sales response to the book has been very strong. So strong, in fact, that the publisher has already commissioned the next book in a possible series. Under the working title “When Bad Churches Happen to Good Pastors,” the new book will explore both church health and pastoral health —- with suggestions and input for pastors, denominational leaders, and local congregations.

“Managing Stress in Ministry” is available in both physical and e-book formats, and can be found at retailers everywhere. The book is being featured by Family Christian Stores in Southern California and selected other markets. Retail pricing for the physical book is $14.99, with discounts often available at on-line retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD and more.

For product details visit the Beacon Hill Press web page.


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