HOW TO AVOID BEING A STATISTIC IN THE MINISTRY

Posted May 28, 2012 by Bob Roberts Jr.

From the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development:

Here is research that we distilled from Barna, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary, all of which backed up our findings, and additional information from reviewing others’ research:
•Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches (18,000 per year).
•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%—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.

Someone sent me this information and it broke my heart.  I don’t doubt the research.

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