Depression and Clergy

I. General Articles.

A collaboration for clergy health and wellness.  by Bethann Witcher Cottrell, PhD

The physical and mental health of Clergy in North America has reached a crisis point.

Caring for clergy


Experience with depression and anxiety opened former Presbyterian pastor George Jacobs' eyes to the needs of "exhausted and burned-out" clergy.

Crossing a Deep River Biblical and Practical Advice for Dealing With Depression.  by George O. Wood

DEAR CHURCH! WE QUIT! Marriage and Ministry Depression.
 by Dr. Paddy Ducklow

Depressed, Stressed, And Burned Out: What’s Going On In My Life
by Archibald D. Hart


One of the leading experts on stress, depression, and burnout gives insight into the nature of this compassion fatigue and how a pastor can turn this traumatic and life-threatening experience into discovering what God wants to do in his life.

Disabilities and Clergy.

Mental Illness is the leading cause of clergy going on disability.

How Healthy Are Our Pastors?


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "Ministerial Health and Wellness 2002" study, conducted by the Division for Ministry and Board of Pensions, found that during a one-year period, 16 percent of male clergy and 24 percent of female clergy suffered from depression compared to 6 percent of U.S. men and 12 percent of U.S. women.

"The Face of Depression"  by Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder

The pastor's well-being often reflects a church's health and happiness.
by Anthony Headley

Wounded Heroes Southern Baptists address depression in Clergy.


II.  Medical

Coming Soon: Decade of Testosterone.

Male hormone found to have cardiovascular benefits.

Low Testosterone: The Potential Link to Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Depression.

American Sleep Apnea Association

Sleep Apnea can inhibit the production of testosterone in men.

Testosterone drives away the blues: May provide relief for some male depression.  by William J. Cromie Harvard Gazette Staff

III. Ministry for

The nondenominational Davidson [N.C.] Clergy Center.

DCC is a national center focusing on self-care, personal assessment, and leadership skills for clergy and church professionals.

Southern Baptist ministers developed a program to address the toll of depression in their ranks.


Many conservative Christians consider depression to be evidence that a person is "not right with God." Yet an estimated one third of the staff and clergy of the 62,000 Southern Baptist churches suffer from depression because their jobs are so demanding. Their problems have historically been hidden or ignored by their denomination but that is now changing. The Southern Baptist Convention created an outreach program to help these troubled pastors.

IV. Testimonies.

Coming Out of the Dark: Two Pastors Journey Out of Depression.

Longevity and success in ministry does not guarantee that pastors will not suffer from clinical depression. Two successful pastors share their journey and how, with the help of family and medical professionals, they came out of the dark and survived.

Coming Out Of The Dark: Two Pastors Wives Share In Their Husbands Journey Out Of Depression.


A pastor does not experience clinical depression alone; it also affects his family. Two ministry wives share their thoughts and experiences as they walked alongside their husbands and their battles with depression.

The Face of Depressionby Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder

The Pastors Wife: Beating The Ministry Blahs.
by Gabrielle Rienas


Whether she has a personal call to ministry or not, the minister's wife is called to support her husband. But what should she do when the expectations of ministry seem overwhelming and her husband isn't coping? Find out how to navigate the storms of ministry and bring healing and hope to the parsonage.

V.  Theological


Luther and Depression by Tony Headley

Wesley and Depression 
by Tony Headley