Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted: It's Why You Feel Awful

by Tara Haelle. Da Capo Books, August 2020.


This article unpacks why self-care and crisis-management skills are insufficient for the prolonged COVID-19 crisis.


professional insight; definition of surge capacity and depletion; reasons behind exhaustion and symptoms experienced by clergy and helping professionals; why traditional coping strategies and typical self-care methods fall short

Recommended Audience

clergy and other leaders struggling with the many demands of the prolonged pandemic.



Practical Applications

  • Support clergy and your care team by reading and discussing the implications for rest and wellness.
  • Encourage long-term wellness for your clergy by sharing this with your personnel team or governing board.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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