Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Church-goers Matter to the Mental Health of Pastors

Blog. The Huffington Post, April 29, 2016.

This web resource includes a study of 1,500 ministers in the Duke Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Survey which revealed that 28 percent of ministers said "they had at one time been forced to leave their jobs because of personal attacks and criticism from a small fraction of their congregations", and offers suggested ways church-goers could contribute to the health and well-being of their minister.



Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Use the article as a discussion prompter for deacons, elders and lay leaders who want to support their minister and offer congregants practical suggestions for showing appreciation to the pastor year-round.
  • Explain to your congregation that how they relate to each other and their pastor are major factors in the pastor's mental health and work envrionment.

About the Contributor

Carole Wills

Carole Wills is a retired church musician and volunteer for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was a mental health advocate, educator, community organizer, and affiliate leader at the national, state and local levels. Her NAMI FaithNet work focused on equipping faith communities and faith leaders to welcome, support and include people living with serious mental health conditions.

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