something to pay attention to

These statistics describe pastors, but I would argue that more than pastors should pay attention to them. If you're in a church (or are looking in at one from the outside), listen up.

According to the Pastor Care Network:
  • 80% of pastors believe ministry has negatively affected their families.
  • 33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their families.
  • 75% report a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
  • 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
  • 70% say they have a lower self-image now than when they started.
  • 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • 70% do not have somebody they consider a close friend.
  • 50% have considered leaving the ministry in the last three months.
  • 50% of those who go into full time ministry drop out in five years.
  • 94% of clergy families feel the pressures of the pastor’s ministry.
And according to the Jan/Feb issue of The Christian Examiner, between 1,400 and 1,600 Christian leaders leave the ministry every month. {2004}

The Alban Institute estimates that 17% of pastors are experiencing burnout. A study of one major denomination concluded that less than one-third of its pastors were happy in their work. Another 30% were "deeply ambivalent" about ministry. And 40% described themselves as "heading for burnout."

1 comment:

  1. When I read this it makes me very sad for "the church". I think there is a lot there that a Pastor will read and agree with - but the burden to change those stats are on us....the body of the church...more so than the Pastor. May I be a person who helps to build up, encourage, and support others through my relationship with Christ - and bring others along in the process.