Ministry is a profession in which the greatest rewards include meaningfulness and integrity. When those fade under pressure from churchgoers who don’t want to be challenged or edified, pastors become candidates for stress and depression.
Further, there’s little measurable difference between the moral behavior of churchgoers and the rest of American society.
American Christianity is not well, and there’s evidence to indicate that its condition is more critical than most realize — or at least want to admit.
Pollsters find that born-again Christians are more likely to divorce (an act strongly condemned by Jesus) than atheists and agnostics, and are more likely to be racist than other Americans.