"I worked for the church for three years. The last year there, I developed severe depression that was the product of my work environment. When I submitted my resignation letter, I informed my boss that I was in a dark place, and was suicidal as a result. He called me, telling me to meet and discuss the situation. During the meeting, he asked how I was doing, then proceeded to discuss how they needed me- I was up for a promotion that year.
Fast forward to a year later. I haven’t heard from him. I haven’t heard from my co-workers or the church I was 'assigned' to attend as part of my contract. I’ve talked to so many other professionals in the church and I hear the same story- they’re burned out. They’re under-appreciated, overworked, and when they can’t handle the situation anymore, they’re replaced. To add insult to injury they’re told their reward is in heaven. It’s not easy to talk about injustice in the church organization because it means that you’re burning a bridge forever, but something has to be done. Our church needs to take care of those in service because they do so much and are given so little to work with."