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Three Questions for Neal Nedley
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By Leon Brown
 
What do you see as the greatest physical concern for our pastors?
 
The 2014 Survey of Pastors in North American Division with spouses and children by David Sedlacek and Duane McBride showed that the number one concern for pastors is what pastors were eating.  Pastors are eating unhealthily and they know it, but they continue to do it anyways. According to the survey results, this concern ranked higher as a concern for pastors, than pornography.  The survey results showed that a third of pastors had a problem with pornography and half of pastors have a problem with what they are eating.
 
Do you have any suggested remedy/remedies for pastors undergoing a struggle with stress?
 
Our behaviors influence our thoughts.  Analyze your behavior.  Ask the question what can I do to enhance the behaviors that affect your frontal lobe.   The 2014 NAD Sedlacek and McBride study reveals that 49% of pastors struggle with depression and anxiety, 56% of pastors’ children struggle with depression and anxiety and 61% of pastor’s spouses struggle with depression and anxiety.  These findings should be a significant concern to the church.  I also recommend that pastors dealing with stress purchase the home version of our program on depression, anxiety and recovery.   I would suggest that they commit 2 hours a week to the program.   You can get this through www.drnedley.com.   The DVD and workbook series cost $159 and can be purchased from Weimar.  Purchase the program for your church.   Once they put on the program to help others, they can use the program to help themselves.
 
Pastors don't often take the time to deal with their own emotional health.  Besides prayer of course, what else can a pastor do to improve and enhance his or her own emotional health?
 
Here are a few recommendations.  Pastors should:
  1. Get at least 10 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, but aim for 60 minutes on most days.
  2. Not use caffeine or narcotics, No Benzos.  (He stressed that the short term gains produces long term problems)
  3. No entertainment (television)
  4. Exercise through prayer and Bible study (exercise our minds)
  5. Work with you hands in 3-D (outdoors)
  6. Set regular bed time and awake time.  (This will increase your circadian and Circaseptan rhythm)
  7. Analyze thoughts
 
Leon Brown is director of African American Ministries/Inner City for the Northern California Conference.  Neal Nedley is president of Weimar Institute