1500 Pastors a month quit and walk away from their church!
350 Pastors every single week this year will turn away from ministry and go into some type of secular work as a way to improve their life quality. In case you're wondering why, here's some stats to help with that!
- 80% of Pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
- Pastors who work fewer than 50 hours a week are 35% more likely to be terminated than Pastors who work more than 50 hours per week (how many hours do you work in your job?).
- 50% feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
- 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
- 56% of Pastors' wives say they that they have no close friends.
- 46% say that they've experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry.
WOW... If you thought the previous stats were mind blowing then these probably just blew your socks off. EIGHTY PERCENT feel discouraged and unqualified (bearing in mind the majority of Pastors have graduated from some type of formal, theological training). 1/3 are more like to be fired simply because they work less than 50 hours a week. 70% have NO close friends! Come on people, are we praying hard enough for our Pastors yet? As if this isn't bad enough check this one out:
- 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter ministry will leave within the first five years.
Hopefully, I don't have to say anything other than, read those stats again and ask yourself what are you doing in relation to them? Are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution? Are you helping to encourage your Pastor or are you happy in the knowledge that he probably feels inadequate, wants to quit and is fighting depression because no one else is supporting him either?
I also believe so many Pastors are quitting because of a false sense of success. We see 10 and 20 thousand member churches on T.V. and feel as though that is the true model of success. We start to feel like we've failed because we've been Pastoring 10 years and only have 200 members and not 20,000.
The truth is, the "Mega Church" makes up less than 1 percent of the church population. There are close to 400,000 churches in America. The average size is 50-200 people! There is nothing wrong with believing God for growth. Please don't get me wrong. I think its awesome to see thousands of people getting saved under various ministries. What i'm sayin is this, when you stop Worshipping God and start worshipping numbers, then that's when we get off and the kingdom begins to suffer.
In my opinion, true success in ministry comes when your ministry/church is pleasing God. You can do that with 200 or with 2000. Let's get back to pleasing God and serving! It's time to let go of our empty pursuits of being "famous", and get back to focusing on winning souls for Christ. As Pastors, I believe our job is to focus on serving God, and working on our own personal spiritual growth; and let God focus on building His church in his own timing.
Stay encouraged Pastors/leaders! Don't walk away from your post! Lives are depending on you! One man's obedience is connected to the destiny of thousands of others!
Your thoughts Pastors/Leaders???
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