Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Pressures of Ministry

My new friend Mark Driscoll has recently posted an important article on the pressures of ministry. Here's a little taste what he passed along:
The following statistics were presented by Pastor Darrin Patrick from research he has gathered from such organizations as Barna and Focus on the Family.

*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.

Pastors' Wives
*Eighty percent of pastors' spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
*Eighty percent of pastors' spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
*The majority of pastor's wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

Now, these statistics give you an idea about how to pray for pastors, but they also give me cause to thank God for a wonderfully supportive congregation that keeps me encouraged, is so kind to me and my family, and is a delight to serve.

1 comment:

John W. Tweeddale said...

Dr Duncan,

Thanks for drawing our attention to this sobering post. I've also found this article by Don Whitney most helpful.