It’s true, this year I did make some quiet half-verbalized resolution to be more healthy. Too many hours at my desk or in my car is making me soft – and I was feeling it! But for me, health is more than just exercise, it’s about ensuring that I put my priorities in order. How do I spend my time? Is ministry about desk-work? Is the time I spend driving about town helping me connect with my neighbours? The question is less about my exercise, and more about joining God in the work he’s calling me to. How do I stay healthy in the work I do?
An article in the Fall 2010 edition of Neue magazine says this,
“From obesity to depression, clergy burnout has become a major concern. A Duke University report found that in teh Evangelical Lutheran Church alone, 69 percent of ministers are obese, 64 percent have high blood pressure and 13 percent take anti-depressants. Of all Christian clergy, 76 percent were overweight – 15 percent higher than the general US population. With ministers working up to 60 hours a week, experts say they must make room for sabbatical, Sabbath days and healthy habits.”
Do you think there is a connection between the overall health of our pastors and the health of our churches? Thoughts?