College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
The work of urban church planters is often hindered by high levels of stress. Stress may be viewed as a process that involves stressors and an individual’s perceptions of both the level of threat and his or her ability to deal with the threat. The long term and the short term consequences of stress can be attenuated through appropriate coping strategies such as problem solving, prayer, and seeking social support. Recent empirical evidence indicates that exposure to nature is also very effective, a strategy that might be especially beneficial to urban church planters and their ministries. Several practical applications are suggested.
Dunaetz, D. R.
(2013). Finding still waters and green pastures: Understanding and reducing stress in urban church planting. Great Commission Research Journal, 4(2), 235-250.
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