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Naming and Taming Ministry Stress and Compassion Fatigue

Is negative stress, compassion fatigue, or emotional burnout getting in the way of the ministry God has called you to? If so, there is great hope!


Jim Otremba is passionate about helping Catholic ministers be as healthy as they can be and desires to help those ministers who are suffering with compassion fatigue, negative stress, or burnout in Central Minnesota.


Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission shares the same passion and is offering Jim’s group coaching program to twelve people in church leadership at no cost.


We have only two available openings for Jim’s four-week group coaching program! Do you, or does a minister you know, want to learn more about healthy ways to manage negative stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue that is based on Catholic theology and rooted in twenty-first-century brain biology?


If so, email Jim at and sign up for his group coaching program today. Once all twelve openings are full, we will close registration.



The group will meet online from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. CST on June 3, June 17, July 1, and July 15, 2024.

All classes will meet over Zoom every other Monday, thereby giving people time to work on their “homework.” Jim recommends about 20 minutes a day for homework to make an impact. Because of confidentiality the Zoom classes will not be recorded, but if you can’t make a class, Jim will email the handouts to you.

Schedule of Sessions

►First week: Brief introductions of each other; biology of stress and compassion fatigue; the importance of intentionality in our Catholic faith and stress management; new homework.


►Second week: Brief “Resurrection Reports” (areas where the Holy Spirit has been bringing new life through your homework); introducing multiple strategies to start to practice before, during, and after secondary traumatic stress (STS); practicing Catholic Clinical Meditation; and new homework, including one of the best activities to alter negative stress and compassion fatigue according to research.


►Third week: Brief “Resurrection Reports”; building critical resiliency skills that protect against negative stress and compassion fatigue; and new homework.


►Fourth week: Brief “Resurrection Reports”; building a support network; working on correcting negative perceptions to continue building resiliency skills; retaking the ProQOL and GA-7; final homework.


Watch the replay of the Jim’s live Zoom information session on Understanding Compassion Fatigue (April 2024), here:


Email Jim today with questions or to secure your spot:

About Jim

Jim has been married to Maureen since 1995. They are frequent presenters of retreats and workshops for couples, deacons and their wives, and lay ministers around the United States. Jim holds a master of divinity from Saint John’s University and a master’s degree in applied psychology from St. Cloud State University; he is finishing his doctoral degree in psychology. Jim is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and has stewarded the Center for Family Counseling, Inc. in St. Cloud since 2001. Jim and Maureen are the primary authors of Fully Engaged, a pre-marriage, catechetical inventory used in over 50 percent of US dioceses. Jim has been coaching lay and ordained Catholic ministers since 2009 and finds his work as a Catholic coach very rewarding. Jim’s coaching finds inspiration in the Letter to the Ephesians: “May he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong” (Ephesians 3:17).

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