Every Hour a Pastor Leaves the Pastoral Ministry...
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…when you guys first had the video introduction, I was at a low point personally…when I got the invitation…it was (and is) an answer to prayer…it’s really the genuine investment of men who actually care about me and my spiritual life and walk…it’s also been a big help for my marriage…
- Pastor Wayne Braun, Flower Mound, Texas
…to me Pastor360 has meant a great deal…I just feel more competent in what I’m doing as a leader in my congregation…Pastor360 has given me a support system…and has helped my family and my wife…she really appreciates the fact that Pastor360 has given me the tools to do that…it has helped my congregation to see me more as an effective leader…they are really reaping the benefits of what they’ve invested so they are very happy with what they’ve seen with Pastor360…
- Pastor Bob Hiller, Moorpark, California
So What Does All of This Have to do
With You and Why Should You Care?
Well, here are some troubling statistics that you may not be aware of...
- The biggest problems cited by pastors in their marriages include: inadequate time with their spouse, lack of affection, financial problems, and not enough time with their children.
- Although clergy rank in the top 10% of the population in terms of education, they are 325th out of 432 occupations surveyed in terms of compensation.
- In many surveys, pastors indicate that they frequently feel isolated and have few friends and colleagues to whom they can turn for help.
- Pastors rank third among professionals who are divorced.
- One in four pastors work more than sixty hours a week.
- One in six pastors show signs of serious distress with high levels of isolation, loneliness, fear, abandonment, anger, and boredom.
- One in three pastors leaving the ordained ministry is doing so because of family difficulties.
- Pastors are getting older and few younger pastors are coming after them to replace them.
Source: Andrew J. Weaver, et al., “Mental Health Issues Among Clergy and Other Religious Professionals: A Review of Research,” The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 56, no. 4 (2002): 393-403.