Flourishing in Ministry

by Matt Bloom. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.


"Flourishing In Ministry" is the result of an expansive study of the effects of modern ministry on the wellbeing of clergy. While acknowledging the many joys and benefits of clergy life and work, Matt Bloom also identifies unique struggles that clergy face and provides helpful prescriptions for increasing the wellbeing of the clergy who care for their communities' spiritual needs.


This book draws on more than five thousand surveys and three hundred in-depth interviews with clergy across denominations, ages, races, genders, and years of practice in ministry. It distills this deep research into easily understandable stages of flourishing that can be practiced at any stage in ministry or ministry formation.

Recommended Audience

pastors, clergy, congregational leaders, pastoral caregivers, pastoral counselors


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Practical Applications

  • Learn about effective clergy wellbeing practices by reading this book.

  • Read this book with a group of clergy, or with a leadership team at a congregation, to discover practical ideas for supporting clergy leaders.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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