The UUA Comission on Appraisal asks for our input on its next subject.
I'm now wondering out loud, "What has happened to the scores or hundreds of ministers that come into fellowship and then vanish?" I was on the phone the other night with a regular reader and we easily reeled off the names of about a dozen people we knew that are now gone. Some left the ministry altogether, and others went to other denominations. Most of the people we remembered were Christians -- because that's who we ran with -- but it doesn't seem to be a Christian-only sitation.
What opportunity costs do we pay for lost ministers, and what "ecological" reason (if any) can be found for it? Does clergy loss hide problems? What, if anything, does it say about the fellowship of the Association if (as ancedotes suggest) that clergy-killing churches have a big role in this phenomenon?