In recent months, Pastoral related suicides have been making headlines. In late 2013, Pastor Ed Montgomery, took his life in front of his mother and son. It was reported that he was grieving the loss of his wife prophetess Jackie Montgomery. They both served at Full Gospel Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill.
In November of last year, a Georgia pastor killed himself in between Sunday services. Larrinecia Sims Parker, wife of the Rev. Teddy Parker Jr., found the pastor in the driveway of their home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Houston County coroner Danny Galpin reports.
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Why are Pastors committing suicide?
A study conducted by the Schaeffer Institute, found a huge number of Pastors suffer from some form of depression and fatigue. Another large percentage of unhappy pastors were those who felt like leaving the ministry at some point and did not feel that they were in good marriages because of the pressure related to their job.
The Christian leadership study also found that a Pastors job is just as or more stressful than that of a Doctor or Lawyer.
According to an article on Charisma News, "there is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity -- and none of them are good."
So what can be done to assist this incredibly challenging job?
Recently in recognizing the anxiety of the spiritual leader, Joel Yount, Thomas Griffin and Brian Lake created Spirit Fuel.
Spirit Fuel is a new, online Christian news and media company that shares daily teachings, trainings, motivation and inspiration for a Christian lifestyle.
"The goal is to ignite a renewed passion for honoring pastors and spiritual leaders around the world," says Yount.
There are a number of useful tips that a concerned congregation can get from the Christian website.
"Too many times we forget to encourage the encourager," Griffin says. "I believe this is a way that we can return the encouragement, the impartation of the love of God we receive from our leaders back to their own hearts. For this is His commandment that we love one another... Take a moment today and give back to those who give their entire lives."
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