"DEATH BY MINISTRY"
Do you know how difficult it is to be a pastor in a traditional church?
I do. I was one for over 25 years.
Consider these statistics from an article called "Death by Ministry". http://theresurgence.com/mdblog_2006-05-24_death_by_ministry
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.
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.
Makes you wonder why anyone would want such a job! Also makes you wonder if this is really what God had in mind for His church.
A growing number of pastors are leaving the "system" and joining the Revolution (see Barna). The email below from Jason Duncan (Gallatin, TN) will give you some idea of what leaving can feel like. (Shared with permission.)
One more thing. Leaving the traditional church system can be tremendously freeing but it also can be frightening for a pastor and his family for financial reasons. If you know someone who is going through the transition, consider helping them with financial support.