and Clergy are burning out…..hmm……..
pastors cannot (or should not) be friends with parishioners. The second article is about a pastor of a large church in Charlotte who’s on a leave of absence at a treatment center after struggling with depression and alcohol abuse.
What if pastors put our schedule more like senators.
4hrs reaching out
1-2hrs church visits
2hrs church business
1hr community outreach
1hr recharge time….
Amazing how different professions view work differently huh?
Quick note Maryann in http://theblueroomblog.org/2013/01/08/clergy-burnout-clergy-health/ says
But generally speaking, both of these comments (and perhaps the articles in general) reveal a model of ministry that is, frankly, passing away as the guild becomes younger and less male-dominated. Younger people want a leader they can relate to more than one who holds up a lofty ideal; they seek identification more than inspiration. And women, well, we have a different way of negotiating boundaries than do men. Again, I’m speaking generally.
Also, as churches get smaller and more and more pastors become part-time, the dynamics will change even more.
And I agree people are ALWAYS surprised that I am a pastor because I am a. relatable b. young c. female (I say what I’m not a stiff, old, white, male?) Of course I am white but people get the gist. These people, though, are looking for church to be a new and different, they are looking for a spirituality that is relatable and frankly the pastors need to be a part of the community…..