Our discernment processes don’t often consider the physical sustainability of our work, but Christian leaders have a theological obligation to explore this question, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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Losing weight has improved the Rev. Eldrick Davis' health and renewed his energy for ministry. Photo by Alex Maness
At one time, Pastor Eldrick Davis couldn’t preach without a portable oxygen tank. Last year, he lost more than 100 pounds with the support of his congregation and a Duke program to help pastors lose weight and improve their health.
Health and wellness was central to the ministry of the founder of Methodism, says a leading Wesley scholar. God cares about body and soul, and wants the flourishing of humanity and all creation.
First published in the 1740s, the Rev. John Wesley’s book “Primitive Physick” contains health and wellness advice, at least some of which make surprisingly good sense today.