Pastor, Church and Family Statistics

1800 pastors leave the ministry each month

4000 churches begin each year, but over 7000 close

80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors

80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave within 5 years

90% said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people

70% feel grossly underpaid

90% said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be before they entered the ministry

80% of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked

80% of pastors’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church membership

80% wish their spouse would choose another profession

70% of pastors fight depression

80% of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression

70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor

95% of pastors do NOT pray regularly with their spouse

80% of pastors surveyed spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer

70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermon

1 in 4 Pastors look at Pornography daily

These statistics came from across denominational lines, and have been gleaned from various reliable sources such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Global Pastors Network.