Poor Pastors

Pastoral burnout is a big problem in the Church, primarily because the current role of pastoring is not the biblical role, but that’s another story for another post. Mark Driscoll has a post on burnout with the following stats:

Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.

Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

2 thoughts on “Poor Pastors”

  1. Wow. I knew it was bad, but not that bad. A good warning for someone like myself who is preparing for pastoral ministry.

  2. Well, in all honesty, it aint the easiest thing in the world. I can verify most of those stats myself, except for the divorce, moral failure and overworked bit. Like I said, I think the real issue is that the current role of pastor is not what the bible outlined. I also don’t think most believers, including pastors, really understand what it means to be weak so He is strong.

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