Stress: Part 3

Over the last months, I’ve been reflecting in these leadership letters about stress. As I’ve ruminated about the core characteristics of stress and the causes of stress, a nagging thought has gnawed in my mind. Why, of all people, do pastors and Christian leaders seem to wrestle with stress at deep and disturbing levels? Now don’t get me wrong—I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t experience stress and now feel badly about your stress. This would only add guilt to your stress—a toxic emotional cocktail indeed. I’m simply priming my own thoughts about the inner life of pastors and Christian leaders in the era of ministry. Why do pastors and Christian leaders experience great stress?

Leadership Newsletter June 2015

Stress: Part 2

In the last NAB Leadership letter, I talked about good stress—Eustress—and the actual need that we have to desire to imagine and work toward a ministry reality beyond the status quo. This month, I’d like to jump into the waters of a discussion of bad stress.

Stress is of course all around us. According to the American Psychological Association (APA):

“More adults report that their stress is increasing rather than decreasing. 39 percent said their stress had increased over the past year and even more said that their stress had increased over the past five years (44 percent). Only 27 percent of adults report that their stress has decreased in the past five years and fewer than a quarter of adults report that their stress has decreased in the past year (17 percent).”

NAB Update


We wanted to give you a quick update on our 3 newest international missionary couples. 

Bud & Lois

NAB Update - Triennial Registration and Hotel Rate Increase


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NAB Healthcare

Dear United States NAB Family,

At the NAB General Council in early May, members were pleased to hear the announcement of a soon-to-come, nationwide, NAB Healthcare plan.

Our conference of churches began 165 years ago with the intent of realizing ministry effectiveness in unity, encouragement, and strength. That heartbeat is alive and well today, as evidenced by the fruit of our NEXT Campaign: NEXT Community, NEXT Nation, and NEXT Generation.

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