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Compassion fatigue : spiritual exhaustion and the cost of caring in the pastoral ministry. Towards a ‘pastoral diagnosis’ in caregiving

dc.contributor.authorLouw, D. J. (Daniel Johannes), 1944-en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-15T14:09:35Z
dc.date.available2016-11-15T14:09:35Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationLouw, D. J. 2015. Compassion fatigue : spiritual exhaustion and the cost of caring in the pastoral ministry. Towards a ‘pastoral diagnosis’ in caregiving. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(2):1-10, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.3032.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.3032
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99860
dc.descriptionCITATION: Louw, D. J. 2015. Compassion fatigue : spiritual exhaustion and the cost of caring in the pastoral ministry. Towards a ‘pastoral diagnosis’ in caregiving. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(2):1-10, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.3032.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.hts.org.zaen_ZA
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThe pastoral ministry of caregiving inevitably implies a cost. The spiritual ethos in the Christian ministry implies a huge sacrifice. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (see footnote 9 in the article) described this ethos as ‘the cost of discipleship’. Very specifically in the case of unexpected and the so-called ‘undeserved modes of suffering’, the meaning framework of the caregiver is being interpenetrated, causing a kind of ‘depleted sense of being’. It is argued here that an appropriate diagnosis, and a description of the phenomenon of compassion fatigue, can help caregivers to better understand their sense of being depleted. Instead of leaving the pastoral ministry, this can help them to attend anew to their spiritual capacity. In this regard, a theology of compassion, framed by theopaschitic theology, can help pastors to become ‘healed’ in order to re-enter the pastoral ministry and regain a sense of parrhēsia.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/3032
dc.format.extent10 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectPastoral theologyen_ZA
dc.subjectPastoral careen_ZA
dc.titleCompassion fatigue : spiritual exhaustion and the cost of caring in the pastoral ministry. Towards a ‘pastoral diagnosis’ in caregivingen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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