Saturday, September 17, 2016
Thousands of Pastors Will Burn Out and Leave the Ministry This Year
In the recent addition of Christianity Today Karl Vaters writes:
"This year, thousands [of pastors] will leave the ministry, burned out and hurting. From big and small churches, growing and stagnant ones."
This is, writes Vaters, an "epidemic." (Vaters, "Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday")
Scholars have been writing about clergy burnout for decades. Not only is this phenomenon still with us, it seems to be accelerating.
One cause of this is people's expectations of what a pastor should be. Vaters writes: