All of us will have times when we experience significant personal trauma, and pastors are not immune.

In fact these experiences can be especially challenging for those who would normally be the ones offering support. Helping your pastor, and their family, navigate these times can be difficult, both for leadership and for the congregation. The team at Thrive Pastor and Church Support have produced an excellent resource that we recommend. Link here.

The podcast episode below features an interview with Andrew Bollen, a Baptist pastor. Andrew discusses the trauma of facing the sudden loss of a teenage child, and offers a brave and frank insight into the ways that this sort of tragedy impacts pastors and their families.

These articles offer further insight:

Pastors and PTSD

The loss of a spouse

Extra grief, loss and suicide bereavement resources are located here