A friend of mine tweeted out an article that was showing statistics on pastors that, well, shocked me a bit. You can check out the article yourself if you’d like, but here are a few things that stood out to me:
(1) 57% (over half!) of pastors said they would leave the ministry if they had a better place to go – ministry or not.
Okay, before I go any further with listing out some other stats, this troubles me a bit. I get that we can get tired, burned out or even burned in relationships, but
- What does this say to us?
- What might this say about these pastors, on a personal level?
- What might this say about their calling to ministry?
I’m not pretending like there are actual answers to those questions – answers would certainly be dependent on the individual person and specific circumstances. However, I do think some of these questions can be wrestled with a bit from afar.
Anyway, here are some other stats that stuck out to me:
(2) 81% of pastors said they have no plan or program in place for discipleship. Um, this is a major – very serious – problem. But, maybe the next statistic shows a bit why this is the case:
(3) 75% of pastors felt unqualified to be in position. I think this is much more than people being humble. There are other issues contributing to this.
(4) 71% said they are burned out and struggle with depression.
(5) 77% said they do not have a good marriage.
(6) 30% said they have been in an ongoing affair or have had a one-time sexual encounter…with a parishioner.
I don’t know about you, but I’m troubled by these things. Maybe these would be pretty average for any position in any industry…but I’m not sure that matters.