The effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation

The effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation

The silent epidemic of clergy forced terminations seems to continue. According to a 2008 study by the Ministering to Ministers Foundation,



We can, to some extent, understand the effects of the trauma of a forced termination on a pastor and her or his family. But we often neglect to appreciate the impact it has on a congregation. David A. Myers offers a list of the effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation:



The Center for Lifelong Learning offers the Healthy Transitions Retreat for Ministers and Spouses for clergy who have experienced a forced termination. The cost is $100 per individual and $150 per couple. This experience offers a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced termination, or for those in conflicts possibly leading to termination. Through the competent leadership of the retreat team, the journey toward wholeness and health may be pursued through counsel, helpful information, experiential sharing, and rest, which speak to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the participants.

(1) David A. Myers, “Forced Terminations Affect Churches Too!” The Servant 7 (January 2006).


2 thoughts on “The effects of a pastoral forced termination on a congregation”

  1. Alexander Jalso says:

    The pastors have known this phenomenon for a
    long time, yet the higher leadership does not to
    acknowledge it. In most cases the ministers are
    blamed and there is no investigation why and how the clergy left. We brag that we are democratic and using this as a ruse a small group dictates. The smaller is the congregation the easier it is to take over the power by the bullies. A retired pastor.
    leadership by a small group.

  2. John Sebesta says:

    What are the reasons for being forced out.?
    If the mission is to spread the Gospel: That Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day, they should never be let go.
    The harvest is plenty!

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