It can feel lonely. After all, everyone in your church comes to you with their problems. But to whom are you supposed to turn?
According to these statistics from a recent blog post on expastor.com, you are not alone:
- 90% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week
- 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job
- 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid
- 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands
- 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry
- 70% of pastors constantly fight depression
- 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living
- 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families
- 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked and feel left out and under-appreciated by church members
- 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend
- 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month
- 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years
- 4,000 new churches begin each year while 7,000 churches close
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Lead well, live well!
*Source: Studies compiled by the Schaeffer Institute and reported on expastor.com