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Pastoral burnout is a major crisis facing the church today. Too often we expect our pastors to be powerful preachers, sensitive counselors, successful managers, and effective fundraisers. As a result, many feel inadequate with almost 1,400 leaving ministry every month. Consider these additional statistics from LifeWay, Focus on the Family, Fuller, and the New York Times:

  • 75% of pastors fight depression
  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands
  • 33% state that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to their family
  • 55% of pastors feel lonely and discouraged
  • 23% of pastors have experienced a forced termination
  • only 16% are very satisfied with their prayer life
  • 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates leave the ministry within 5 years
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