The family model and the angry pastor

The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church.

The preceding quote is from Thomas Bandy’s blog post, Clergy Anger & the Urgency of a True Spiritual Life. Having been a pastor and working with many pastors since, I am firmly convinced that this wouldn’t happen nearly as often if the US church would give up it’s consumer model of ministry. Pastors need to let go of their expectations of being Super Pastors with big followings and important publication. Board (better called, Elders) need to realize that their job isn’t to make the church successful but to assure that good discipleship is happening. Church members need to see their leaders as brothers and sisters with a huge responsibility. Not a responsibility to please the people, but a responsibility to say and do what the people need in order to grow spiritually.

Until this happens, we’ll have bullies in churches and angry, depressed leaders.

If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:6-10

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