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Statistics that need to be changed


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:

  • 1500  pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches (18,000 per year).

  • 80% of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastor.

  • 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.

  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.

  • 50% divorce rate among pastors.

  • 40% polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.

  • 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.

  • 70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons (this is Key).

  •  60%-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 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.

The irony is that while the model of Jesus is one of discipleship most of our churches are suffering for lack thereof.  We have taken rugged individualism and applied it to the church so as a result we have a sea of island competitors and few teammates…but there is good news.  Jesus will return for a church without spot or blemish.  Love never fails!

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