Sociology & Criminology, 2012
  • The Effects of Secularization on Burnout Rates among Urban Ministers
    Katherine Wilson
    Mentor: Beckett Broh


    Burnout is a prevalent problem among many professionals in helping or caring professions. Specifically, clergy members are among the professions significantly affected by burnout. Burnout poses a serious threat to ministers, their families, their congregations, as well as, the ministry community. This research combines the concepts of urban culture and its effect on ministry with the effects of secularization on ministry. I conducted qualitative, in-depth interviews with ministers and asked them about burnout. Pastors serving in urban settings were interviewed. Their background and demographics, as well as their opinions and experiences with burnout, stress, secularization and urban ministry as a whole are summarized in this presentation. Applications of findings are discussed.