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The following statistics are from across denominational lines and have been gleaned from various sources, such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, and a few other respected ministries.)
  • Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their church.

  • Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over 7,000 churches will close.

  • Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.

  • Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.

  • Eighty percent of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.

  • Ninety-five percent of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouse.

  • Seventy percent of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.

  • Fifty percent are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way to make a living.

  • Eighty percent of pastors surveyed spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer.

  • Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.

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

  • Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first 5 years.

  • Ninety percent of pastors said their seminary or Bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry.

  • Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.

  • Seventy percent felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after 3 years of ministry, only 50% still felt called.

  • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.

  • The majority of pastors’ wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

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