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Clergy couples cope with pain of dismissal

from Associated Baptist Press

The best statistics tell us that 1,600 ministers are dismissed or forced to resign every month in America. Leadership magazine reported more than a decade ago that nearly 23 percent of all ministers will be forced out before their careers end -- and that 67 percent of those affected will face forced termination more than once. The author of this article recently sat in a room with 13 ministers and their spouses who had gathered from across the country for a week-long retreat. The group was connected by a common thread: Each minister had been dismissed from the church he or she had served. Some were young, just starting; some were gray-haired and in their 60s. Some had been senior pastors; some had served in other staff positions. more

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