The available pastor

Anke Bisschops

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Pastors are expected to serve other people. This article discusses the psychological factors that influence this capacity to be available. What makes it possible for people to set aside their own needs and to sense the needs and feelings of others? On the basis of psychological research and theories about this capacity to be available the author concludes that a truly available pastor first and foremost has to take care of his or her own needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Spirituality
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating the 25th Anniversary of Studies in Spirituality
EditorsRossano Zas Friz de Col
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-90-429-3332-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Spirituality Supplements


  • Spirituality
  • availability
  • self care


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