Stress Management Series
“Getting on Top of Stress in Ministry: An Overview” (SL#14)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 11 - Stress Management

  1. Considering Stress Matters
  2. Understandings about Stress

    We all have some basic ideas of what stress is, even if specific in-depth definitions are a bit elusive. Common sayings linked to stress are used all the time: “on edge,” “up tight,” “under pressure,” even “bad hair day!” Understanding more about stress is a large step toward managing it.

    Stress is a person’s response to overload, the accumulation effect of the pressures of life. Daily tasks, job-related duties and volunteer projects may not appear staggering when viewed individually, but when they begin to layer one upon another, they can reach overwhelming proportions. --Strength for the Journey, p. 110.

    Getting under the surface of stress in order to understand its makeup, reveals a few basic truths about stress that can be counted on, no matter what definition is our starting point:

  3. Servant Leaders Library Articles

    In this overview of articles on stress management, let me briefly outline how we intend to publish other articles in four subcategories. Consider the overview and articles that may specifically interest you:
  4. Phil. 4:6--Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
    --attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

  5. What About You and Stress Management?

    SkillTrack® first published this material as a text curriculum for conference and independent study. It has been acclaimed by many in diverse audiences of Christian ministers to be effective in developing stress managers. We have the same reason for publishing these articles on stress management with very specific goals:

Why not study this article and those to be posted by recording your thoughts about stress in your life and ministry. Just let your ideas flow like a video camera around your life. Then look for tools and benefits throughout the series.

© 2006; hosted and copyrighted by Lloyd Elder & Associates, Inc.
For full citation of referenced works, see Bibliography/Links at
Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership


Abstract Study Resource: Symptoms of Anxiety
From an Internet article by Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D.
presented on
(A study abstract prepared by Lloyd Elder)

Dr. Archibald reports that anxiety symptoms fall into three categories: physiological, cognitive, and emotional. If you count the following symptoms that apply to you, you may get an idea of your stress level. The checklist is designed to communicate a variety of symptoms; the more symptoms you experience, the more likely you may need to explore treatment for anxiety-related problems. Now, the symptoms list:

Physiological symptoms: What do you feel?

Cognitive symptoms: What thoughts do you think?

Emotional symptoms: How do you respond to yourself?

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