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Hidden depression amongst pastors4 min read

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Many church leaders commit suicide due to years of depression. Some say they no longer “feel” the presence of God or that they have burned out with stress due to responsibilities of their ministry. Discouragement and a sense of unappreciation are on top of the list. However, if a church leader has chosen to follow a life of sacrifice yet are going through depression, there is a solution to their problem, but their priorities will have to change.

According to soulsheperdings statistics on a pastor’s ministry:

• 70% of pastors constantly fight depression
• 71% are burned out.
• 72% of pastors say they only study the Bible when they are preparing for sermons 
• 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families/marriages
• 70% say they don’t have a close friend.

Regardless of your denomination, as soon as you step inside The Universal Church, you will be helped, and with proper guidance, you will see the difference in your life.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentlie and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
– 
Matthew 11:28-30

Perhaps you have preached many times the verse above, now be ready to live it. Every Friday we hold strong prayers for those who feel this way; burdened. It is now about you, to first and foremost take care of your mind and soul. There is a solution.

Hidden depression amongst pastors

If you do not have the Holy Spirit, it will all come down to nothing. Therefore, invest in your spiritual life. Fight for your deliverance and understand that it is enough to be free from the forces of darkness. Seek to have the seal of the Holy Spirit, and you will achieve even more than what you can ever imagine. -BiraFonseca.com

It’s difficult for a person who does not have the Holy Spirit to overcome major tribulations in their life, like the case of Mrs. Dawn. Although she was an evangelist, she was battling with depression when her life turned upsidedown.

I’m an evangelist and before coming to this ministry, I attended a variation of ministries where I preached and I did sermons over women’s ministry; licensed in the state of Louisiana.  I had lost my job, I was depressed with no income. I was living above my means and could not afford where I lived. I ended up moving in a neighborhood that was a slum neighborhood and I could barely afford. I had no income, barely had food, and money to buy things for my children.

I struggled from day-to-day. I was going to church catching a bus. Every Sunday, my life was still in a slum. I basically filed for divorce where the individual took mostly everything I had; money and 90% of everything I had inside the home. In order to receive the divorce, it was awarded that he had the same style of lifestyle that he had while he was living with me. So I had to release almost everything.

By the time I left, all I had was a sofa, a bed, and some beds for my children. Everything else I had to release to the individual. I had the children and basically went from living in a $650,000 house to a $985 apartment per month, which was a struggle for me and my children. Not only did I get used to living my previous lifestyle but so did my children. During this time I watch every day the Showdown on faith.

I called the pastor and he invited me to come. I was later blessed with transportation. Everything became better. Financially speaking, I live in a better home. I have a great job that I love and my income. I will be restarting my business at the end of the year. Everything is going Wonderful.

I received the Holy Spirit, and I gained the fruits of the Spirit. I love attending The Universal Church. I love to evangelize, and God has made my life much better from attending this ministry.  – Dawn

 

*If you’re going through a similar situation call now.


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