The clergy are all right—at least, as all right as anyone else is.
Heather Bradley and Miriam Bamberger Grogan offer a hard-working playbook for addressing ministerial overload.
The authors of Spiritual Companioning suggest a way forward for those disenchanted with polite, shallow church relationships.
"People sometimes come in guarded and defensive. But they want to be understood, and they want to minister well."
Many times we are working with church structures of a different time. I have seen churches with 50 people attending on Sunday morning, and they maintain 12 committees. There may have been a lot of retirees in the church, so we have committees who meet in the day. Or there might have been a lot of people without children, so everyone meets at night—on a different night, to ensure that the pastor is at every meeting.