aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Much study is a weariness of the flesh

"The beatings will continue until morale improves!" So goes the old saying in my Annual Conference. We UM folk are worried about clergy morale. And so we should be -- hey, my morale sucks much of the time. I should be glad that the Powers that Be are interested in my morale. Which is why our Bishop's office or Conference or somebody has commissioned a confidential survey of Indiana UM clergy on "The Well-Lived Pastoral Life."

Anyway, I just got done taking the survey, and I have to confess, I look like a sunny optimist on this instrument, rather than the hard-boiled cynic people know me as. I can think of two reasons for this.
1) I really am happier and better adjusted than I was back in the day. I'm doing pretty much what I wanted to do, getting paid reasonably well for it, etc. All this comes out loud and clear on the survey.

2) The things that make me crazy or angry or just weary aren't measured very strongly on the survey. There were no questions like, "How often are you embarrassed by what your denominational leaders say?" or "How does it feel to be a local outlet manager in a declining industry?"

But I'll give 'em a big Attaboy for at least doing something to find out about clergy's attitudes toward their work, their congregational and Conference leaders, their sense of fit with the role, and so forth. That's good stuff.

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