The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Depression besets clergy

Researchers from the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., say pastors, by the very nature of their work, are at a greater risk of developing depression and anxiety, according to a story in the Huffington Post. Phone and online surveys with Methodist pastors showed depression rates of 8.7 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively, compared to the national average of 5.5 percent. Depression and anxiety are often the result of clergy not being able to separate the success or failure of their church from their own identity, said Steven Scoggen, president of CareNet, a North Carolina network of pastoral counseling.


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