Just Plain Tired

by Gary
(Ohio)

I've been scrolling and reading, scrolling and reading. Tears come to my eyes. I see myself in so much of what you've written. I've been in pastoral ministry for over thirty years. For most of those years, I've been treated decently, though I've gotten my share of bumps and bruises. I did have one church, however, that darn near killed me. In fact, a faction there got me fired--my first and only dismissal. My disappointment at having to leave was matched only by my relief that that, at last, was over.

Now I'm struggling to hang in with an aging congregation with vision-less leaders, a place where fear rules everything. I've looked around for other churches but, at fifty-seven, I don't exactly jump to the short list of candidates.

I'm tired, just plain tired. I don't sleep well. I struggle with depression and anxiety. I feel my love growing cold. Like many of you, I want to leave the ministry but I don't know where to go or what to do.

Your stories move me. Prayers going up, love going out to you all.

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