The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


How healthy are our pastors?

Report reveals church leaders have above average stress, weight gain and depression

Many ELCA pastors find their work fulfilling, but lately they report feeling a little "sluggish," "burned out" and "down."

They tend to say their weight gain doesn't help matters, but it's difficult to exercise or eat better when putting in 60- to 70-hour workweeks.

Many find it hard to take time for vacations or even personal devotions. And that's on top of worries at home, such as paying bills and spending enough time with family.

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