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Feeling Burned Out? Clergy Can Relate

I thought crossing the country with a teething toddler, while still trying to crank journalism out between major family festivities, was exhausting. Good thing I’m not a priest/pastor/minister/rabbi — they’ve apparently got it worse! (I wonder how the compensation compares…)

The New York Times reports on the growing problem of clergy burnout:

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.


Politics Daily and Episcopal Cafe have also weighed in on this topic.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

If they have all that wrong with their health and have to take antidepressents it sounds as though they need to go on a sabbatical stat! If that doesn’t work they should change professions. People aren’t like they once were, and with my experience with Church congretations there are very few without back-biting, gossiping, and on a power trip, and guess who can’t walk away from them? The Pastor, and his wife.

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posted August 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

Very good points Henrietta.
And the open minded among them might reasonably come to realize they are pushing foundationless faith – that there’s no objective documentation to support those miracles that are, for many people, the basis for their faith.

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