Sunday, 15 October 2006

Pastors Burn-out

I've encountered the following from two sources now: Mark Driscoll quoted it in a sermon and now from (the link to which seems to have disappeared, alas).
  • 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.

  • Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.

  • Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.

  • Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.
So, what's wrong with this picture? How different is Canada?