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A Bulls-Eye On Their Back!

It's not easy being a pastor!

Here are some stats why:

  • 50% of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce
  • 80% of seminary graduates will leave ministry in the first 5 years
  • 70% of pastors are grossly underpaid (compared to the amount of work they do)
  • 80% of pastors’ spouses believe their spouse is overworked
  • 50% of pastors feel unable to meet the needs of the job
  • 80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with their family
  • 56% of pastors’ spouses have no close friends
  • 80% of pastors’ kids seek professional help for depression
  • 80% of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors
Here are some more stats:

  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
  • 85% of pastors said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people.
  • 90% of pastors said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people
  • 95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses
  • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant or mentor
  • 66% of pastors and their families feel pressure to model the ideal family to their congregations and communities
  • 5 years - the average tenure of a pastor at a church
  • 1500 pastors leave ministry each month due to moral failure, burnout or contention in their churches
  • Pastors who work fewer than 50 hours a week are 35% more likely to be terminated
  • The average church member expects the pastor to be able to juggle 16 major tasks
  • Approximately 4,000 new churches begin each year while more than 7,000 churches close down each year.
I guess we should be praying for our pastors then!



I have seen these stats a few times before but it doesn't make them any less incredible... I think a good bit of them are caused by burn-out too.

I agree, they are symptoms not necessarily the cause.

Who ever said that following Jesus would be easy ? Hopefully pastors are not taking up that position as some kind of career option ?

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