The ministry can be hazardous to your health.


  • Graham A. Barker Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts


What could be hazardous about being in the ministry? Ministers don't work with toxic waste or dangerous power tools. Pastors get to work with God's people, they get to set their own hours and schedules and very often they even have a Church-owned residence at a peppercorn rent. Anyone who is unhappy or stressed in the ministry should try to exist in the real world! You want stress? Come and join the rest of us in the hand-to-mouth, work-for-a-living existence of real people!

Author Biography

Graham A. Barker, Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts

Graham Barker is a graduate of the George Fox Graduate School of Psychology in Oregon USA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield USA, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago USA and Sydney Teachers College. His clinical internship and residency was completed at the Minirth-Meier clinic in Dallas Texas. Dr. Barker is an ordained Baptist Minister, a registered psychologist and Dean of the Institute. He is the national coordinator for the Christianity and Psychology interest group of the Australian Psychological Society and NSW chairman of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia.




How to Cite

Barker, G. A. (2001). The ministry can be hazardous to your health. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, (--). Retrieved from