Surprising Discoveries About Pastors

by | Jul 3, 2015

Research by H.B. London of Focus on the Family and Niel B. Wiseman1.H.B. London and Neil B. Wiseman, Pastors at Risk (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993), 22, 71 on evangelical pastors found the following:

  • 90% of pastors work more than 40 hours
  • 80% believe their ministry has affected their families negatively
  • 33% feel ministry is outright hazardous
  • 75% report at least one serious crisis in their ministry
  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands
  • 70% say they have lower self-esteem
  • 40% say that have a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month
  • 70% say they do not have a close friend in ministry
  • 81% do not spend enough time with their families
  • 64% expressed communication difficulties with their mates
  • 46% said they had sexual problems
  • 41% are angry with their spouses

Also consider reading A Second Chance: Can Fallen Pastors Be Restored? by Dr. Errol Lawrence(Adventist Today, January-February, 2002, pages 18-20).

Download “A Second Chance” Article (PDF | 1.2MB)

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1. H.B. London and Neil B. Wiseman, Pastors at Risk (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993), 22, 71