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Outline for the Stress Study:

  • What is stress?
  • Job-related stress
  • Other contributors to stress
  • Individual differences
  • Exercise and stress
  • Meditation and stress
  • Positive thinking and stress

  • This bible study is really a short series of brief devotions on stress management that I presented to church leaders. Actually, I developed it for myself when I took on the part-time position of Director of Music Ministries; having a regular forum to present these devotions helped my study and research stay on track. Leading programs in a church usually means making do with scarce financial and staffing resources to achieve goals that are literally as high as the heavens. Part-time and volunteer leaders also wrestle with the scarcity of their own time. If those limitations and goals are internalized by a church leader, it results in very high stress levels. The answer, naturally, is God’s guidance, power, and love, as expressed beautifully in Psalm 23:4:

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil:
    For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    This series of devotions will combine practical stressmanagement approaches with scripture to show how to let God lead more fully in our ministries.

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