I recently read a post on Facebook listing several shocking and scary statistics about pastors. Knowing that the internet may not always have facts straight, I searched for where these statistics came from. One reputable site, The Schaeffer Institute, has an article that shares a long list of sad statistics from a variety of legitimate sources.
The following is a sampling:
* Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
* Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
* Eighty percent of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastor.
* 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.
* Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
* Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
* Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons (This is Key).
Most statistics say that 60% to 80% of those who enter the ministry will not still be in it 10 years later, and only a fraction will stay in it as a lifetime career. Many pastors—I believe over 90 percent—start off right with a true call and the enthusiasm and the endurance of faith to make it, but something happens to derail their train of passion and love for the call.
This is only a fraction of the information found in this article
This is an opportunity to pray. Pray for me as I pastor one of God’s churches. Pray for your local pastor. Pastors are not super-Christians, but are simply men. Like all men we are prone to temptation and discouragement. Beyond praying, I can attest to the amazing emotional lift a simple compliment can bring.
I feel very blessed as I receive a lot of encouragement from our church family, our community, our family of friends and supporters, and from Rebecca and the kids. Some of your pastors may have a special need for such a ministry of encouragement. Please take time to minister to him.