Warri Diocesan clergy, wives urged to reduce stress
The Anglican Bishop of Warri, The Rt. Rev. Christian Ide has counselled the clergy and wives of the Diocese to endeavour to reduce stress in their lives and avoid untimely death.
The Bishop, who was addressing the Warri Diocesan 2021 Clergy and Wives School at the Ibru Centre Agbarha-otor, Delta State, noted that being upright and diligent in ministry’s work naturally leads to stress, exhaustion and even death, as contained in Isaiah 57:1.
At the programme, themed: “A Holistic Approach of the Clergy and Stress Management,” taken from Exodus 18:13-18 and Mark 6:30-32, Ide urged the clergy and wives to heed Jesus’ call in Mark 6:31 and rest.
Enjoining the clergy and their wives to be there for one another and help one another to rest, the Bishop said they should utilise the church’s provisions for stress reduction, which include observing their leave, retreats, off-days and applying the advice of Moses’ father-in-law in Exodus 18:21 by selecting able, God-fearing, truthful, non-covetous and accountable men to assist them in ministry.
The Guest Speaker, Evang. Charles Tobechukwu Ezechukwu, stated that stress touches on emotion, attacks from inside and can paralyse a man. He admonished participants to beware of the potential sources of stress and unhealthy ways of managing it.
Another clergy, The Ven. S.O. Ewhofarama, explained that stress could be both positive and negative. The positive, he said, could help meet task, while the negative ultimately leads to death, and should be dealt with.
The event, which was attended by over 200 clergy and wives, ended with Holy Communion services celebrated by the Diocesan Bishop. It also featured physical exercises, recreational activities and grand gala night/love feast, among others.