It was Eddie who put us all onto these stats on the general emotional and spiritual state of American evangelical pastors. Quite a revealing bunch of stats, even with the usual caveats on trusting anything you read on the Internet.
I guess American churches, and particularly evangelical ones, are going to give pastors that kind of stress. If people are desperate for a strong leader who agrees with them, and you have a job that depends on an annual popularity vote, you're on a tightrope. At least we give politicians a reasonable term before deciding they're as bad as the last lot and throwing them out.
In some parallel English research which I just made up, meanwhile, I have been able to reveal the following:
45% of Anglican ministers feel lonely in church because the congregation sits so far away.
35% of clergy would rather crawl over broken glass than hear "Lord of the Dance" ever again.
40% of clergy are grateful for getting pastoral calls on their day off, as it distracts them from the paperwork.
17% of Methodist ministers wish they'd been lumberjacks.
4% of ministers really thought it would be like Dibley.
31% of rural ministers have driven between two of their churches with their eyes closed.
79% of ministers can't see how anyone could have the energy to have an affair.
30% prefer gin, 30% wine, 30% malt. They all think the 2% who like beer are weird.
9% have been booby-trapped by a lay preacher who was desperate to get a chance to preach.
7% of rural clergy, when meeting their spouse, vaguely remember their faces but can't remember which church they go to.
70% couldn't imagine doing anything else. Though half of those can't work out why.
Of the 99% who are blessed and blessings every day, 40% don't realise it.
80% have had an almighty row with someone over the location of the tea light / candle stand.
12% have to be forced by their spouses to go to to church committee meetings with a pointy stick.
When told they only work one day a week, 70% laugh outwardly. 80% sob inwardly. 10% contemplate violence.