Clergy Burnout---Even "The Times " Is Taking Note!

Even more articles were published last week in the New York Times talking about the issues of clergy burnout and it's impact on churches.

No Rest For The Clergy

Soul Care for Clergy

Taking A Break From The Lord's Work

Interesting to note in one of the articles that expectations on clergy changed in the 1920's when the "factory-output" mindset became prevalent among our society as we "counted widgets and output" as the source of work validation.  Ever thought about that in church work? Sure you have (offerings, attendance, growth) are the same thing just with a different name.

Also interesting to me is the "curate" or the "curer" title that was placed on clergy prior to this period (1920's).  What does that mean?  Well, it means that great value was placed upon the minister taking time to feed himself before he feeds his sheep.  That  is somehow has lost today as the demands of ministry have changed.  There needs to be a return to "soul care" for the clergy.  Perhaps every clergy needs a SPIRITUAL director to help them tend to their souls.

So, what are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear them.