Statistics in the Ministry

Newly Revised Statistics


  • 38% of pastors are thinking of quitting the ministry, 51% from mainline denominations.  (November 29, 2021)  Of the 38%, almost half (46%) are under age 4550% of pastors are age 56 and above.  2022 stats reveal a rise from 38% to 42%.
  • 85% of pastors believe the mission of the church is to reach the lost, only 42% of practicing Christians do. 
  • 90% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.  (Pre-Covid-19)
  • 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.
  • 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.
  • 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a "glass house" and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.
  • 23% of pastors report being distant to their family.
  • 78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.
  • 65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years. 
  • 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.
  • 35% of pastors report the demands of the church denies them from spending time with their family.
  • 24% of pastor's families resent the church and its effect on their family.
  • 22% of pastor's spouses reports the ministry places undue expectations on their family. 
  • 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.
  • 53% of pastors report that the seminary did not prepare them for the ministry.
  • 90% of pastors report the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
  • 45% of pastors spend 10-15 hours a week on sermon preparation.
  • 85% of pastors report the use of the internet and other resources have improved their study time compared to when they first started their ministry.
  • 50% of pastors state they spend 1 hour in prayer each day.
  • 95% of pastors report not praying daily or regularly with their spouse. 
  • 57% of pastors believe they do not receive a livable wage.
  • 57% of pastors being unable to pay their bills.
  • 53% of pastors are concerned about their future family financial security.
  • 75% of pastors report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses have felt unqualified and discouraged as role of pastors at least one or more times in their ministry.
  • 52% of pastors feel overworked and cannot meet their church's unrealistic expectations. 
  • 54% of pastors find the role of a pastor overwhelming.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once in the last year.
  • 80% of pastors expect conlfict within their church.
  • 75% of pastors report spending 4-5 hours a week in needless meetings.
  • 35% of pastors battle depression or fear of inadequacy.
  • 26% of pastors report being over fatigued.
  • 28% of pastors report they are spiritually undernurished.
  • Over 50% of pastors state the biggest challenge is to recruit volunteers and encourage their members to change (living closer to God's Word).
  • 70% of pastors report they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
  • 70% of pastors do not have someone they consider to be a close friend.
  • 27% of pastors report not having anyone to turn to for help in a crisis situation.
  • 81% of pastors have been tempted to have inappropriate sexual thoughts or behavior with someone in the church but have resisted.
  • 17% of pastors report inappropriately texting with a church member at sometime in their ministry.
  • 34% of pastors wrestle with the temptation of pornography or visits pornographic sites. 
  • 57% of pastors feel fulfilled but yet discouraged, stressed, and fatigued. 
  • 84% of pastors desire to have close fellowhip with someone they can trust and confide with.
  • Over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and do not exercise.
  • The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.
  • Many denominations are reporting an "Empty Pulpit Crisis".  They do not have a shortage of ministers but have a shortage of ministers desiring to fill the role of a pastor.
  • 71% of churches have no plan for a pastor to receive a periodic sabbatical.
  • 66% of churches have no lay counseling support.
  • 30% of churches have no documentation clearly outlining what the church expects of their pastor.
  • 1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a pastor. 




  • 73% of churches are treating their pastors better.  This statistic has improved due to the advent of clergy appreciation, better education on the role of the pastor, and denominational awareness to better supporting their pastors.
  • 77% of pastors, especially millennials ( younger pastors ages usually born around 1978-1990), are spending 20 or more hours with their families each week.
  • 90% of pastors feel they are called and in the place where God has called them.


     New Statsistics:

  • Gallop poll (April 2022) reveals that 46% of Americans believe church is important to them now, down from 70% for decades.  More people now believe church is not important to them. 
  • Gallup poll states there has been a 10 point drop in attendance from the previous decade.  45% of American adults say they attend religious services, an all-time low.
  • 50% of Americans state they are members of a church.  36% say the have confidence in church or organized religion.
  • According to Lifeway, 6 out of 10 churches are plateaued or declining in attendance.  More than half of their churches saw fewer than 10 people who became Christians in the last 12 months.


    New Pastoral Statistices

  • Barna 85% of pastors believe the mission of the church is to reach the lost, only 42% of practicing Christians feel the same.
  • Barna reports that 42% of pastors are thinking of leaving the ministry in 2022. 
  • Barna reports 38% of pastors are thinking of quitting the ministry, 51% from mainline denominations.  November 29, 2021
  • Covid-19 brought many things to a breaking point.  Ministry can take its toll.  it's never been this bad.  Edify leaders, October 2021.


      Older Statistics Still Being Researched for Current Numbers:

       These statistics seem to be very high, especially compared to other statistics.  We do not validate these.  Please click on the link below to the discussion  
       and clarification of statistics.

  • **4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • **Over 1,500 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.



        **Please click on the link below for a discussion and clarifcation on Statistics.



Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, Lifeway, Schaeffer Institute of Leadership Development, Christianity Today, and Pastoral Care Inc.

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