"Ministry a satisfying vocation.” Headlines like this one appeared in newspapers, church periodicals and elsewhere this past spring, as Duke’s (Lilly-funded) Pulpit and Pew Project reported the initial findings in a national clergy survey. It was not the only, or the most important, finding of the survey. But it was the one that reporters and editors found most fascinating and newsworthy. Why?
Perhaps it was because the news sounded so different from the dominant religious news story of scandal and cover-up in the Roman Catholic church. Perhaps reporters were grateful to report on good news about the ministry, and grateful for the opportunity to reassure churchpeople that the clergy are still committed to their vocation and find it fulfilling.