Statistics About Pastors
Pastors today are faced with more work, more problems, and more stress than any other time in the history of the church. This is taking a frightening toll on the ministry, shown by the statistics below:
-Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
-Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over seven thousand churches close.
-Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
-Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
-Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
-Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years. Ninety percent of pastors said their seminary or Bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry.
First of all, let’s deal with the question of why. I think that if we look at what the pastors said, we’d have to conclude that the problem is the church people, especially the leadership. Unfortunately, that’s a hard one to change.
However, if we look at the last section of statistics, the ones that deal with the pastor’s relationship with the Lord, we see some interesting clues to the true root of the problem.
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