As a divorced minister this is a topic I have discussed before, but on a more personal scale.
Recently as a requirement for a research class I wrote a paper on divorce among ministers which- obviously- brought me back to this topic. Through my research here are some of my discoveries:
- That there are quite a few resources available on this topic in both popular Christian literature and scholarly theological journals. Honestly, this was a surprise to me. Going into this project I thought the pickings would be slim.
- That some church systems actually have programs in place to respond to divorce among their ministers- to bring healing and help for all of the family through counseling and patient support.
- That today the majority of divorced ministers who desire to remain in ministry after divorce are given the opportunity to do so.
- That I found zero resources from my own fellowship of the Churches of Christ on this topic. Not saying they don’t exist- just saying I did not find any. (Some of the resources from other churches went back as far as the 1960s.)
Now, the reason for this post is to explore why we are not writing or talking more about this and/or to find out if there are resources about this topic in our brotherhood.
I know/know of around twenty divorced ministers within the Church of Christ/Christian Church extended family. Why aren’t we talking about this more?