You might be surprised by how many preachers are ready to give up on religion. A few years ago a study of professional ministry indicated that, among other things, three out of four members of the clergy regularly consider leaving the ministry. And a lot of that dissatisfaction is about the institution itself and trying to maintain the institution. And it’s not just the clergy who feel that stress. The lay leaders feel it as well. Every now and again a member of the Board of Stewards will finish her or his term and is never seen again. How is it that the very thing that is supposed to give us new life instead takes the little life we have left?