Spiritual formation is the process of maturing spiritually and personally. Pastors have so many things to do, they can neglect their own spiritual health.
Self-care involves a pastor taking time to tend to his spiritual, physical, social, and mental needs. Pastors have felt as if their role as a pastor was the only part of their lives that mattered. This is a lop-sided view that can leave a pastor feeling one-dimensional. Pastors need to create healthy boundaries to pursue interests and take care of their responsibilities outside the church.
Emotional and cultural intelligence deals with how one engages with feelings and ideas outside one’s own experience. Emotional intelligence is “the ability to manage one’s own emotions proactively and to respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Cultural intelligence is an awareness of regional, ethnic, and generational differences and the implications of these differences personally and interpersonally. Pastors need to be able to learn from, and not be threatened by, perspectives and experiences of others.
Marriage and family needs to be addressed. It is critical for a pastor to carve out time to tend to his family’s spiritual and emotional health. A pastor cannot sustain pastoral excellence if he does not care for his wife and family.
Leadership and management address ministry aspects that most pastors do not instinctively embrace. These two elements of ministry cannot be ignored.
Each element is considered a strand of a tapestry. One cannot look at self-care, for example, without also addressing spiritual formation or marriage and family.