Public People, Private Lives Paperback
Tackling stress in clergy families
by Jean Burton; Chris Burton;
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Public People, Private Lives
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The authors tackle an area of enormous importance for the Church: the stresses of clerical family life, with implications which range from the nature of the appointments system and the principle of tied accommodation to the way in which the Church supports its clergy and their families. More than simply a critique of the current situation, however, this book makes some specific recommendations, thus offering a valuable resource to the Church and, potentially, well beyond it.
Essential reading for clergy and prospective clergy and their families, all those responsible for their training, appointment and welfare, and anyone with an interest in the health, wellbeing and future functioning of the Church.
Jean Burton worked initially as PA to a City director, a diplomat and the Editor of the Sunday Times. Counselling clergy and their families was then part of her work as a diocesan social worker. After training as a systemic family therapist, she joined the NHS in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team. Her private practice has specialised in issues of work/family stress and an employee assistance programme. Twenty years as a member of the bishop's committee for the care of clergy families in two dioceses, and her work consultancy with clergy highlighted the hidden stresses faced by all family members.
Public People, Private Lives by Jean Burton; Chris Burton was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2009 and is our 6480th best seller. The ISBN for Public People, Private Lives is 9780826426123.
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Public People, Private LivesIan Gibson, via The Good Book Stall
How well we may think we know our clergy and their families, and that usually, they are the ones we turn to in times of stress, illness and all the other woes we possess. However, sometimes they are the ones under greater stress and pressure than the rest of their congregations; yet they seldom show such symptoms, until it may be too late.
This book not only highlights the need to recognise stress and anxiety in clergy and their families, identifying the dilemmas that they face, but also gives some very sound advice about the way that parishes, officials and those “in charge” may be able to help and indeed forestall any issues that need dealing with. All too often we expect those we appoint as Clergy to be a cross between a Counsellor, Liturgist, general business guru and expert and – one step away from an Archangel. No wonder the pressure is on from the word go! This book is a must for all involved in parish life, those who appoint, those who nurture vocations and the ordained themselves and especially the families – children and spouses are in danger areas as well. Perhaps each theological course and college should encourage their students to read this as well, to anticipate what may happen!
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|Page last updated||2nd October 2016|
|Author / Artist||Jean Burton; Chris Burton|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2009)|
|Number of Pages||208|