The average pastor is under intense pressure today, with almost half reporting they’ve experienced depression or burnout, which has made them consider leaving ministry or at least taking a leave of absence. In Preventing Ministry Failure (IVP), Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffmann offer a personal guidebook for ministers to help them deal with common pressures and find fulfillment in ministry. An important recommendation: Develop relationships with other pastors to provide mutual support—70 percent of ministers today say they do not have anyone they consider a close friend.

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