Recently Read: Clergy anger and the urgency of a true spiritual life

Tom Bandy offers an excellent reflection on the increase in clergy depression, and its source at Ministry Matters:

The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church. Victimization is about emotional, physical, and moral abuse. In the current collapse of Christendom (when many healthy Christian members have died, retired, or given up), the vacuum has been filled by dysfunctional and fundamentally self-centered individuals who intimidate, manipulate, and denigrate in order to shape the church around their personal aesthetic tastes, political viewpoints, amoral biases, and petty ambitions.

via Ministry Matters™ | Blog | Clergy Anger & the Urgency of a True Spiritual Life.

You will want to click on the link to read the full article.

Clergy, it’s your time to weigh in. Do your think Bandy’s analysis has merit? What are you doing to enhance your spiritual life? How are you dealing the the anger you carry?

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I have been a United Methodist my whole life. I have seen many pastors come and go from congregations for a variety of reasons. There’s a lot of reasons it can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful to the growth and strength of a church. When it’s good it’s really good and when it’s bad it is devastating to an entire community of people who have invested their time, money and prayers to this extended family unit who builds the church into a place where their children can grow in faith and extend their love of God to the… Read more »

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