So how are you doing, Pastor? It’s been a couple years since the issue of clergy burnout lit up the media, but is it less of a problem? This 2010 article by the Alban Institute provides a good summary of the problem and some key links to finding detailed information and commentary. (Photo © Laurent Hamels – Fotolia.com)
Findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years that members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.