Abstract: The demands that pastors face have been well documented. This study examined the pastoral demands and resilience characteristics of a sample of Free Will Baptist ministers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. Results indicated that the top barriers experienced were disappointment (43%) and conflict (34%). Overall, the sample felt fulfilled in the ministry (M=7.85). They felt most comfortable sharing their difficulties with their spouse (64%), followed by another pastor (45%), and a friend (24%). In general, they believed their work in the ministry had a positive impact upon their families (M=7.8).
Keywords: Pastors, Ministry, Resilience, D6
Dr. Edward E. Moody, Jr. is Chair of the Department of Allied Professions, and Professor of Counselor Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and Pastor of Tippett’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Clayton, North Carolina.
Dr. Chadwick Royal is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.