Last week, the NY Times published an interesting article entitled, Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work. Here’s a glimpse:
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.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you on the stuff above [or the full article] but I’d like to especially hear your thoughts to this question:
Whether you are a pastor or not…In your opinion,
Why is being a pastor so unhealthy?
Umm, or is it?
The article suggests that one helpful remedy is taking more time off.
I know I work hard but I’ve also come to appreciate the necessity and joy of taking time off. My schedule:
- 4 weeks of vacation annually.
- 3 month sabbatical every three years.
I’m thankful that when I requested this from my church when we began, everyone was completely on board but then again, that’s pretty easy when you had only 30 people to convince. But having said that, I’m trying to learn how to be a better advocate for the rest of my staff. Apparently, I’m learning that I’m a pretty sucky lead pastor but that’s another blogpost.
I’m taking advantage of our church’s summer schedule of only two services (no 5pm service over the summer). We took a beautiful trip to one of my favorites places in all the world last Sunday: Bowman’s Bay at Deception Pass State Park. And if you’ve never camped there, there’s great news.
Bathrooms and showers aren’t available. Just portable potties…so campsites are only $14. WooHoo!!!
Enjoy this picture (click image to see higher res) because tomorrow, I’m going to post some stuff that should scare you about the health challenges of ministry.