There are a lot of pastors who suffer from depression. I’m sure you’ve seen the statistics. Fallen pastors suffer from it as well. I’ve had bouts of it for a long time and when I was a pastor, I would keep it all bottled up.
I know there are pastors – maybe your pastor – who is struggling right now. Maybe you’re a pastor and you need someone to talk to. I’m here. Reach out to a mentor, a counselor, a friend. But know you’re not alone.
If you are a church member, make sure your pastor has resources, time off, and adequate time to spend with family. Make sure he has health insurance that covers mental health.
If you’re a fallen pastor, know that people care about you. I care, there are also other ministries to help. We are all in this together, as Christian brothers and sisters, to help one another.
Other helpful articles:
“Silent Suffering: Pastors and Depression” at ChurchLeaders
“When Pastors Experience Depression” by Thom Rainer
Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor Crisis Manual: Help for All Those Affected by a Minister’s Fall” and “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answer many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.
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