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Finding Friendship in Ministry

In a 2001 study of clergy only 32 percent said they had never felt lonely or isolated. The sense of loneliness and isolation was identified as the single greatest predictor of overall clergy job dissatisfaction, leading to burn out and an early exit from ministry. By contrast, strong friendships that involved mentoring, accountability, and spiritual formation were highly coveted by clergy, and highly satisfied clergy report having significant personal friendships with other clergy and/or select lay members of their congregations. Read this article on the roles friendship plays in the lives of vibrant clergy written by Bob Wells and originally published in the Duke Divinity School alumni magazine, Divinity, available on the Pulpit & Pew website.





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