[From Christian Post]
Pastors – perceived to be some of the most under-appreciated and on-demand workers in America – are actually the happiest and most satisfied in their jobs, a new study found. A survey by the University of Chicago found clergy as the top job for satisfaction among American workers; 87 percent of clergy reported being very satisfied. Firefighters (80 percent) and physical therapists (78 percent) were also the most satisfied in their profession.
“The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions, especially those involving caring for, teaching, and protecting others and creative pursuits,” said Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey (GSS) at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, in the report.
In addition to being the most satisified, clergy also out-ranked other American workers as being the happiest (67 percent). Behind clergy were firefighters and transportation ticket and reservation agents, with 57 percent reporting being very happy.
Read about it here.
I would guess the reason is that those of us in vocational ministry see lives changed daily. I know that is what gives me satisfaction. When I see people come to faith in Christ, marriages repaired and lives transformed I get the biggest blessing. What really get me excited is when I see other believers catching the vision of growing in their faith and telling their friends about it. Man, I could go on. God is good.
How about you? What brings you satisfaction in your job or ministry?