13.1.09

Period of discernment...

Found this interesting - having a little chat with myself about some of these ideas...

“It’s a personality trait that accompanies the sense of divine calling,” said Mr. Hickle, 58, who has been the pastor at Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh for 19 years. “You’re feeding your need to be liked, your need to be valued, your need to be needed.”


“The tendency of clergy, for the best of reasons, is to be self-effacing, to take care of others before taking care of yourself,” Mr. Southern said. “You’re the ‘suffering servant,’ you’re the ‘wounded healer.’ It’s hard to set boundaries.”


“What’s probably true ... is that we’re all people-pleasers,” one minister said, generating both murmurs of assent and knowing laughter, according to the transcript. “I know there’s preachers out there that aren’t people-pleasers, but I haven’t met any of them. And so that inherently creates anxieties. You can’t please everybody, and you’ve got that anxiety to cope with.”

Emmm.....

2 comments:

Crunch said...

Interesting! What they say certainly reminds me of me... Better get a medical booked!!! Have you done an Enneagram test on yourself? I did one on my Ordination course and it was very illuminating on the subject of personality types. Much of what is quoted in your post about priestly temperament was mentioned and born out by the results for many of us. Details here: www.enneagraminstitute.com

Rachel said...

Thank you Crunch, I'll look into it and update you.
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