Pastor’s Statistics 2011

15 Jun

Listed here are the most recent statistics from the Fuller Institute and Focus on the Family concerning the health and well being of pastors

90% of pastors work in excess of 60 hours per week

70% of pastors do not have anyone they consider a personal friend

90% of pastors feel they were inadequately trained for thier ministry and dealing with the demands of the people

75% of pastors will experience a significant personal crisis while serving in ministry

40% of pastors report serious conflict with a parishioner every month.

75% of pastors are highly or extremely stressed.

32% of pastors had sexual encounters with someone besides their spouse.

25% of pastors are divorced

70% of pastors say they will not be in ministry 10 years from now.

80% of seminary and Bible school grads will leave the ministry in the first 5 years

50% of pastors say they would leave the ministry today because of discouragement , but have no other way of making a living.

80% of pastors feel unqualified or discouraged in thier role as pastor.

26% of pastors have regular devotion time each day

72% of pastors admit they only open thier Bible to prepare a sermon.

77% of pastors say they don’t have a good marriage

* Insurance costs to churches dealing with mental breakdowns with clergy is 4% higher that ANY secular industry!


9 Responses to “Pastor’s Statistics 2011”

  1. Flip Kühn January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    The stats were very informative. I can identify with many. God bless you in ALLyou do.

    • timbest4him February 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Found myself in a few of those … helped me refocus on Jesus.

  2. Dr. C. David White February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you for your kindness. After more than 33 years with the same church and working to raise disciples to take the place of those who are now in ministry, I believe that it is critical for the church to take the these issues seriously. We are always just one generation from extinction. In His Service Dr. C. David White

  3. Nathan Cornett February 23, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Most disciples left Jesus when it got hard. No surprises here. Ministry is a hard line of work, with little reward this side of heaven. Who will overcome? Who will remain faithful? Who will run the race WITH ENDURANCE?

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  7. Mike Frost March 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I’m an ELCA Lutheran pastor, ordained in 1982. I’ll be 60 later this year. The stats presented here ring true in large part for me and many of my colleagues – not each and every stat but many. It is a sad reality and I am sure that the nature of “professional ministry” will not remain unchanged in a generation.


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