Recently Read:Trapped — The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

Gordon Atkinson, a former Baptist pastor and the blogger known to many as the “Real Live Preacher”, is starting a series of articles on ministers who are ready to leave their positions:

Here is the thing that we don’t talk about:

There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. They no longer want to work in churches. They don’t want to do it anymore. But they don’t know how to leave. They don’t have anywhere to go. They don’t know what to do.

via Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About | The High Calling.

Given a recent study which showed that middle age clergy are leaving the ministry at a rapid rate, why do you think ministers are wanting to move into other work? What does this mean for the future of the United Methodist Church?

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I love the ministry. I went through seminary. I went into debt. I paid off that debt. I served churches for 14 years. Dealing with dragons in local churches, church politics, theological preference and favoritism, an appointment that favored some and disfavored others, paying apportionments out of my own pocket because the DS demanded it…by the end of 14 years I was the most beaten down, depressed person that I have ever heard of. I was greeted in the driveway of the last parsonage that I ever lived in by members of a congregation who had been told by their… Read more »
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