A friend of mine emailed me these statistics regarding pastors in ministry:
According to Shiloh Place Ministries (shilohplace.org), which drew its information from Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, and other respected groups:
• 1,500 pastors leave the ministry permanently each month in America. • 4,000 new churches start each year in America. • 7,000 churches close each year in America. • 50% of pastors' marriages end in divorce. • 70% of pastors continually battle depression. • 80% of pastors and 85% of their spouses feel discouraged in their roles. • 95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses. • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor. • 50% of pastors are so discouraged they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way to make a living. • 80% of pastors spend under 15 minutes a day in prayer. • 70% of pastors only study God's Word when preparing a message. • Nearly 40% of pastors have had an extra-marital sexual affair since entering ministry. • 80% of seminary graduates who enter ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years. • 80% of pastors' wives feel their husbands are overworked. • 80% of the adult children of pastors sought professional help for depression. • 90% of pastors said their training was inadequate for ministry. • 85% of pastors report that their biggest problem is dealing with abstinent elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors. • 90% of pastors said the hardest thing about ministry is uncooperative people. • 70% of pastors are grossly underpaid. • 80% of pastors' wives feel unappreciated by the congregation. • 90% of pastors said ministry was completely different from what they thought it would be. • Only 70% of pastors felt called of God into ministry when they began. • Only 50% of pastors felt called of God into ministry three years later. • 80% of pastors' wives feel pressured to be someone they are not and do things they are not called to do in the church. • Over 50% of pastors' wives feel that their husbands entering ministry was the most destructive thing to ever happen to their families.