"It's a story I hate and love to tell," said Donald Winslett
Winslett is the founder and director of the center and has spent his life helping others.
The ordained minister has been a licensed psychologist for the past 30 years and has worked at Baptist Hospital as the director of clinical pastoral education.
Working as a minister and a psychologist, Winslett saw a link and has been striving to fill the void of pastoral support groups.
"Eight to 10 percent of the population is clinically depressed," Winslett
"Ten percent is chemically addicted, three percent is bipolar.
That does not exclude clergy."
With the Center for Clergy Care and Education
is trying to provide clergy members continuing education classes to better their profession and someone with whom they can discuss issues.
"Very few pastors have a pastor," Winslett
"One of the things I want to provide is for us to be a network."
THE NEED FOR NURTURING
Before the Center for Clergy Care and Education, Winslett was already a friend and mentor to clergy in the community.
Bailey has known Winslett
for over 20 years and has had his own "gut-wrenching" experiences with him.
also has an uncanny way of keeping a person accountable, not letting you off the hook for something you 'needed to own,' yet allow you to come to grips with internal weaknesses that ultimately he would help to turn into strengths," Bailey explained.
"Ordination is not a vaccination," Winslett
The near-death experience and the teachings of Winslett
have taught Posell to stop and breathe once in a while.
relates crisis to cancers.
They have various stages.
wants to teach clergy members to recognize when they're Stage 1, which doesn't always happen.
"I rarely get a phone call from a pastor that says, 'I think I have a problem'," Winslett
"It's 'I need to see you today'."
And then when a pastor does finally seek help, they are ashamed.
"Every pastor uses the back door," Winslett
"They're uncomfortable with possibly bumping into one of their parishioners."
teaches how to handle that stress in productive ways."
"There's eleven-hundred of them and one of me," Winslett