Sobering USA ministry statistics

Mark Driscoll – “Death by Ministry”

  • 1500 pastors leave ministry every month
  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could.
  • The problem is that they don’t feel they have a skill set that will land them a job that can feed their family.
  • 80% of bible college students will leave the ministry in 5 years.
  • Ministry gets difficult quickly
  • 50% of pastors’ marriage will end in divorce.
  • 40% of pastors polled admitted to an adulterous affair after entering the ministry.
  • Sexual sin is a primary reason why ministers’ families are falling apart and why pastors leave the ministry.
  • 84% of pastors’ spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role.
  • 80% of pastors’ wives wish their husband would choose another profession.
  • 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
  • It’s hard not to get depressed when dealing with people.  People will ultimately disappoint you.

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