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Mental health of Clergy Requires Balance

Stress comes with the job for most clergy. . Pastors need to be aware of factors that ratchet up the stress — and things they can do to maintain equilibrium, says this report from the Presbyterian Church (USA).  (Photo © styf – Fotolia.com)

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Clergy Burnout

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)

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Religious Leaders and the Collection Plate

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation by Cynthia Woolever of Research Services, Presbyterian Church (USA) that examines giving data and trends in an effort to understand how pastors can influence/increase congregational giving. (Photo by James Ogley. Thanks!)

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Evidence Grows of Clergy Burn-Out

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.