by Amanda Standiford, student, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
Dr. Landon provided insight into how ministers can practice self-care. He emphasized the importance of taking periodic retreats to sacred places and of making time to be silent and listen to God. Being silent is not as much about having an empty mind as it is about actively dismissing the thoughts that float through without writing emails or rehearsing conversations in your mind. Dr. Landon suggested utilizing centering prayer and examen as tools for seeking this kind of quiet and spiritual discipline. However, neither of these things are ends themselves — rather, they are practices that help us to seek God.
This session also emphasized the importance of caring for one’s family. Dr. Landon listed six things that family members need from one another: attention, affection, affirmation, acceptance, allowing, and mutual accountability.