David O Williams

Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace by David O Williams
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nonfiction Health, Religion
For readers of:Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson, Brennan Manning, Ruth Haley Barton
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Print Length90 pages
Publication Date2015
LanguageEnglish
About the Book

Those who are set apart for spiritual leadership in the body of Christ have received a high and holy calling. They are also in for one rough ride. According to recent studies, nearly one half of all pastors have experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence, and 3 out of 5 are completely burned out by their 10th year of ministry.

What is happening here, and what if anything can be done about it?

Inspired by Jesus' life-saving invitation to his disciples in Matthew 11:28-29, Rhythms of Grace offers a cup of cold water to those spiritual leaders who find themselves wandering in the wilderness of clergy burnout. Drawing on more than 30 years of firsthand field experience in pastoral ministry, the author writes from the perspective of a compassionate friend, colleague and sacred companion. Rhythms of Grace provides a practical resource that is designed to help alleviate stress, restore hope and equip spiritual leaders to sustain healthy, effective, lifelong ministry in and through the body of Christ.

About the Author

David Williams serves as general superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting. He also serves as adjunct professor at Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas, and guest lecturer at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Having served as a youth pastor, family pastor, lead pastor, and campus pastor, Dave brings over 35 years of firsthand field experience to his current role as a pastor to pastors.

A graduate of Malone University (BA) and Ashland Theological Seminary (MA), Dave completed his doctorate (DMin) in leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox University. His doctoral dissertation, “Sustaining Spiritual Leadership for the Long Haul: The Center for Spiritual Renewal at Barclay College,” received the seminary's Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2009, and provided the inspiration for his first book, Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders.

Dave and his wife, Carol, have been partners in full-time Christian service throughout their 35 years of marriage. They have been blessed with six beautiful children (Josiah, Sarah, Jeremiah, Hannah, Jessie and Jasmine) and eight wonderful grandchildren (Isaiah, Noah, Isabel, Abigail, Lincoln, Lydia, Cora and Levi).

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