Reader survey: The problem with ministers today is . . .
By Observer Staff
“There are too few of them.” —Female (75+), British Columbia
“Our ministry is more nine to five, five days a week than they once were.” —Male (75+), Saskatchewan
“Few ministers receive an actual theological call. Too often their major objective is a generous salary with ideal working conditions — and this is strongly promoted by Toronto head office.” —Male (75+), Manitoba
“Perhaps the problem is not with ministers at all, but with the challenges they face and the challenges congregations face.” —Female (50-64), Saskatchewan
“My minister works too hard. She takes too little time off. She needs to be a little selfish.” —Female (50-64), Ontario
“Too much red tape. Oversight is important but it shouldn’t stifle creativity.” —Female (50-64), Saskatchewan
“The problem may not be with the ministers, but with the congregations they serve.” —Female (65-74), Saskatchewan
“Burnout. Over the past 20 years I have seen the minister’s management and administrative role double.” —Male (65-74), British Columbia
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