Professional Clergy Disorder (PCD) is a behavioral disorder affecting professional pastors who have isolated themselves from anything remotely “real life” and results from those clergy who focus on keeping their parishioners happy and satisfied rather than leading them toward a life of influence with people in the “real world”.
Professional Clergy Disorder (PCD) has been plaguing the Christian Church since 313 AD and has symptoms that you can recognize if you look for them such as:
- A significant deepening of the voice and raised vocal volume when speaking to over 3 people at a time.
- Interspersing King James language into your vocabulary when making hospital visits or greeting church people in public.
- Wearing a coat and tie to any “official” clergy function such as denominational meetings, pastor’s conventions, budget committee meetings, and senior adult luncheons.
- The placing of a “clergy” bumper sticker or car tag on the car of the official clergy. The car will likely be a Lincoln Town-car for clergy from large churches or it will be a Ford Crown Victoria for bi-vocational clergy from smaller churches.
- Utilizing the affectionate term “brother” in addressing men from the congregation or other clergy. This also applies to “official church” correspondence whereby the signature of the clergy will include the title “Bro.”
- When asked about his church’s attendance, a clergy suffering from PCD will always respond with a number roughly 25% (rounded off) higher than the actual attendance number.
More PCD research coming soon!