Monday, September 1, 2008

Pastoral Statistics

  • According to estimates by the Alban Institute in Washington, D.C., at least 17 percent of clergy suffer from stress or burnout.
  • "The Charlotte Observer" reported. About 1,400 ministers a year call a toll-free hot line of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which counsels ministers through its LeaderCare program.
  • LeaderCare estimates that nearly 100 SBC pastors leave their ministry every month.
  • Sunscape Ministries of Colorado, which serves clergy in crises, reported that in all denominations nationwide, 1,600 ministers per month are terminated or forced to resign their pulpit.
  • Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc.
    50% of Pastors have considered leaving the ministry in the last months.
  • 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
  • 85% of pastors said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors.
  • 90% said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.
  • 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form.

SOURCE: Leading from Your Strengths Website
Bold highlights are Mine


bobby gilstrap said...

We have been discussing these statistics from my original post ( on several sites. My friend, Dr. Rod Harrison, professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, sent me the following information that helps to clarify information for SBC schools. Maybe someone can come up with info on SBTS (or other SBC schools).
63% of MDiv grads from denominationally owned schools are still in congregational ministry after 10 years (Auburn Studies, No. 13, November 2007 ISBN: 0-9747358-3-3). Hope this information helps. BTW, this is a great study with lots of information. Most ATS seminaries contuct an alumni study every 10 years (once per accreditation cycle.) Midwestern Baptist will likely do our study in 2009-2010. Of those in non-MDiv programs (MA, etc…) the numbers are higher. For example, many of the MACE students are women, and take time off to have families. However, those numbers are still over 50%. BTW, those from “non-denominational” schools are about 10% less likely to still be in ministry after 10 years.

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