This is why I coach.
Sunday’s New York Times featured an article on clergy Burnout: “Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work.” It begins:
The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: 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.
Public health experts who have led the studies caution that there is no simple explanation of why so many members of a profession once associated with rosy-cheeked longevity have become so unhealthy and unhappy.
Those who study such things say that such simple things as taking time off work wonders.
But ministers don’t do it.
Having “an outsider” come alongside them and help THEM evaluate their own balance and effectiveness is incredibly helpful.
That’s why I coach.
Find the article here.