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BLACK DOG COLLAR PASTOR

SUPPORTING CHURCH LEADERS

BLACK DOG COLLAR PASTOR 

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The purpose of this site is to bring hope and encouragement to those who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

During my time as Pastor/Rector of a growing church in Aberdeenshire, I have met many leaders who have felt isolated, discouraged, and broken.

Many have found it difficult to both navigate their mental health and at the same time lead well.

If you are someone who is struggling to cope with your mental and emotional health then I hope you will find this site a place of comfort, support, and hope.

You can read of my own personal story and battle with mental health, as well as the stories of others, some of whom are leaders and spouses of leaders.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

THERE IS HOPE

 

ABOUT BLACK DOG

COLLAR PASTOR

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I have been a church leader for over 40 years and for most of those years I have suffered from poor mental health. It was my great delight to lead a growing church. We built a new multi-million-pound church facility. On the outside, it was a success story in many ways. However, I struggled with depression and tried to navigate through my mental health as well as seeking to lead well. Sadly I had a number of significant break downs when I was unable to function well. However, with a lot of help, love, and encouragement I was able to finish well.

If any of that rings a bell with you then please explore and look around this site as I hope it can bring you some help, hope, and strength to go on.

Remember

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

THERE IS HOPE

 

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Leave Your Mask Here

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Leading On Empty

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John Wimber

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Stop The Bus, I Want To Get Off

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Managing Dark Times

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FRIENDS

I can honestly say that having real close friends has been such a blessing to me and especially during those times when my mental health...

My Lord Heals and Rescues.

If you struggle with depression, as I do, take comfort in how God treated Elijah. Take time to take care of yourself. Don’t fake the...

STOP before the burnout.

You don’t need a degree in psychology to know that prolonged stress with excessive demands made upon us puts us at risk of burnout, which...

SEVENTH SOJOURN

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The Cave of Psalm 142

Just because you suffer poor mental health does not, of itself, make you a poor leader. I know many leaders who manage their poor mental...

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