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.
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."