There is an op-ed piece in the NY Times (published August 7, 2010) that states that several new studies show that American clergy are suffering from burnout–which is really no surprise. The reason for burnout, according to G. Jeffrey MacDonald is the congregation’s desire to feel good. MacDonald observes, “The pastoral vocation is to help people grow spiritually, resist their lowest impulses and adopt higher, more compassionate ways. But churchgoers increasingly want pastors to soothe and entertain them.”
Pastors and future pastors should read MacDonald’s thoughts (and maybe someone should make copies to put in the church bulletin this week).