- 90% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per
- 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their
families. Many pastor's children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents.
- 95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.
- 33% state that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to
- 75% report significant stress-related crisis at least once in
- 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry
- 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and
discouraged as role of pastors.
- 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than
what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
- 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
- 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
- 70% say they have a lower self-image now than when they first
- 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
- 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a
- 33% confess having involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the
- 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the
ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
- 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
- 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5
- 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister
in some form.
- 94% of clergy families feel the pressures of the pastor's
- 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
- 80% spouses feel left out and underappreciated by church
- 80% of pastors' spouses wish their spouse would choose a different
- 66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a
higher moral standard than themselves.
- Moral values of a Christian is no different than those who consider themselves as non-Christians.
- The average American will tell 23 lies a day.
- The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car
- 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches
- Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
- Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month , many without cause.
- Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.
- Many denominations report an “empty pulpit crisis”. They cannot find ministers willing to fill positions.
#1 reason pastors leave the ministry — Church people are not willing to go the
same direction and goal of the pastor. Pastors believe God wants them to go in one direction but the people are not willing to follow or change.
Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc.