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Episode 85: How Do We Help Our Pastors Avoid Burnout?

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Are you a pastor who’s experienced burnout in your ministry? Do you need to reequip yourself for the changing world and church? Then you need to listen to this episode of our podcast, where I talk to Rev. Dr. Deborah Lynn Haggins, the University Chaplain and Pastor of the historic Memorial Church at Hampton University.

Dr. Haggins shares with us the importance of rest and renewal, but also the need to never give up on something that is important to you. She emphasizes the need for pastors to reequip themselves for the changing world and church, and the importance of pastoral wellbeing.

We also talk about the Hampton University’s Ministers Conference, which is the longest-running conference of its type. The conference is a space for ministers to gather and discuss the problems they face in their communities and churches. This year’s theme is “Tools for Transforming Churches, Congregations, and Cultures,” which emphasizes the need for pastors to reequip themselves for the changing world and church.

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Dr. Haggins talks about the drawing cards of the conference, including the beautiful Hampton University campus surrounded by water, making it a picturesque and revitalizing place to be. The conference has a lineup of speakers, including Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart, Reverend Sheleta Fomby, Reverend Dr. Luke Powery, Reverend Dr. Ebony Marshall Turman, Reverend Dr. John Fasion, Bishop Adam Richardson, Jr. and Reverend Jennifer Watley Maxwell.

The conference also has a late-night preaching forum called “New Voices at Hampton,” where young seminarians get to preach and bridge the gap between generations. The conference also has a choir guild with 300-400 voices singing master musicians, and the concert is free and open to the public.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reequip and retrain yourself for the changing world and church. Visit Hampton University’s Ministers Conference for more information and how to get registered for next year’s event. As Dr. Haggins says, “We want to inform your theology, enrich your ministry, and bless your life.”

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Episode reference

Introduction of Dr. Deborah Lynn Haggins [00:00:02] Dr. Haggins’ background and position as University Chaplain and Pastor of the historic Memorial Church at Hampton University are introduced.

Importance of reequipping and retraining pastors [00:03:43] Dr. Haggins discusses the need to reequip and retrain pastors to reach a generation that has less faith in the church and to avoid burnout.

Grant received from the Lilly Endowment [00:05:07] Dr. Haggins talks about the grant they received from the Lilly Endowment to help pastors thrive in ministry and avoid burnout.

The Importance of Rest and Revitalization [00:09:12] The speakers discuss the importance of rest and revitalization for pastors to avoid burnout. They describe the Hampton University campus as a wonderful place to come and rest, revitalize, and be revived.

Lineup of Speakers and Events [00:11:00] The speakers discuss the lineup of speakers and events at the Hampton University Ministers Conference, including Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart, Reverend Dr. Sheta Fonde, Reverend Dr. Luke Powery, and Reverend Dr. Ebony Marshall Turman. They also mention the Women in Ministry forum and the New Voices at Hampton late-night preaching forum.

Registration Information [00:14:13] The speakers provide information on how to register for the conference, either online or on-site at Hampton University. They encourage attendees to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the interdenominational African-American clergy focused conference.

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