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Back in the fourth century, St. Augustine of Hippo spoke of the human spirit as a “scattered self”—in other words, we are a riddle even to ourselves; our attention and our affections are divided and chaotic; and our hearts are out of joint, never wholly devoted to “the one thing that is needful” (Luke 10:42 KJV). Unfortunately, this state of fragmentation is the default setting for many pastors, who, under the pressures of their ministries, family demands, and calling, are succumbing to overwork, addiction, and psychopathologies at an alarming rate. Behind all of these symptoms is the root of the disease: shame.

How can the Gospel—the scandalous good news that we are accepted as God’s beloved on account of the work of Jesus Christ—deliver us from this cycle of shame, guilt, and exhaustion? Join Dr. Chuck DeGroat, Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality at Western Seminary and author of Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self, as he shows us that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest, but wholeheartedness.


What You'll Learn

  • What is the antidote to exhaustion—in our ministries, our work, and our family life? 

  • What is the root cause of our culture’s pervasive sense of anxiety and guilt?

  • What are the unique pressures pastors face in their ministries?

  • How does the way of Jesus offer relief from the cycle of shame and overwork?

  • Where can we find the kind of wholeness and rest that can overcome our fragmented, scattered minds and hearts? 

  • What is “wholeheartedness”?

  • What are some practices to cultivate wholeheartedness?

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Featured Speakers

Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Counseling at Western Theological Seminary