A new study in the US confirms the urgency of the Healthy Pastors Initiative at Taylor's E P Wahl Centre. This study involved 734 respondents from four Protestant denominations: Assemblies of God, Church of the Nazarene, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and Southern Baptist Convention.

The Healthy Pastors Initiative at Taylor has a number of training events planned over the next few months that directly support those in ministry in a number of the areas mentioned in the article below. Churches and church leaders are encouraged to visit our website to explore 1) TURBULENCE, 2) Sabbatical Preparation Workshop, 3) Flourish and 4) THRiVE. These events have been developed WITH, BY and FOR pastors, and the testimonials we receive are proof that these are meeting a significant need.

Two of the key reasons for leaving the pastorate cited most often in the study included church conflict (25 percent) and burnout (19 percent). These are two specific issues being specifically addressed by upcoming workshops through the Healthy Pastors Initiative. The lack of sabbaticals was another specific issue raised by pastors who felt that they could no longer continue. Ministry sabbaticals are being championed by the Wahl Centre, and a growing number of graduates of the course bear witness that careful preparation helped their sabbatical be the transformative event it needed to be.

You can read more about this new research at the Lifeway Research website:
http://www.lifewayresearch.com/2016/01/12/former-pastors-report-lack-of-support-led-to-abandoning-pastorate/