Dear Friends, Thanks for a great retreat. One thing I learned again is how hard we and our spouses work for the church and how we can encourage each other. This information was shared at our spouse retreat but bears repeating. (These facts come from Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.)
1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
90% of pastors work more than 46 hours a week, leading to burnout.
50% of pastors' marriages will end in divorce.
80% of pastors believe that pastoral ministry affect their families negatively.
80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role.
50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could.
80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave within the first 5 years.
70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
70% of pastors say they have a lower self-image now than when they started in the ministry.
61% of pastors admit that they have "few close friends."
How can you help?