A Prescription for Pastors from Patch Adams

Back in July 2011, we explored the power of play. I blogged about Patch Adams, a medical doctor, clown and social activist who created the Gesundheit Institute out of his belief that laughter, joy and creativity are integral parts of the healing process (his story was told in a movie starring Robin Williams). I recently caught up with Patch and asked for his prescription for today’s pastors.

Patch Adams:

I would tell pastors that there is no data that being serious is ever of any value. I’d remind them of Mary Poppins, who was always about discovering your play in every situation. My prescription to pastors would be to put tidy whiteys on their head and walk around for a week that way.

What do you think? Are you willing to take this prescription? Let me know how it goes!


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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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