Pastors Tensions with Christian Message and Society – Summary

Purpose: To assess pastors’ role in society and psychological impact of any adversarial attitudes of culture or government against ministry.  Methods: We surveyed seminary graduates currently pastoring.  Results: Pastors felt suppressed in their ability to express a political opinion while preaching (34%) and indicated they had suffered abuse (generally emotional) because of antagonism to their faith (44%).  Conclusions: Pastors perceive negative societal and governmental pressure because of their beliefs with potential psychological impact