Dangers of Ministry [Stats About Ministry Leaders]

Matt Lawson —  April 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

Stats below are from Johnny Derouen’s session at Metro Conference last week.
SESSION TITLE: Influencing Our Families


70% of Pastors constantly fight depression

Almost 40% polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since the beginning of their ministry

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 regularly pray with their spouses

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

70% said the only time they spend time studying the word is when they are preparing their sermons


1500 pastors leave the ministry due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches

For every new church that opens, two close their doors

50% of pastors marriages will end in divorce directly in line with the national average

80% of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as a leader

50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living

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 the problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors

70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid

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

70% felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called


80% of pastors spouses feel their spouse is overworked

80% of pastors wives feel left out and under appreciated by the church members

80% of pastors spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession

80% of pastors wives feel pressured to do things and something in the church that they are really not

The majority, over 50%, of pastors wives surveyed said the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered ministry


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Matt is the Pastor of Story City Church in Los Angeles, CA. From 2000-2014, Matt served in the trenches of student ministry believing students can love Jesus with all their heart and will change the world. He's served on staffs in small churches, large churches, and in para church youth ministries. Matt is the author of TWISDOM as well as a contributing author to four other books. Matt lives in Burbank, CA with his wife Laura, and kids Deacon (2009), Eden (2010), and Roman (2014). In their free time, they enjoy sports, reading, and travel. Connect with Matt on Twitter or Instagram.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joshandabby08 Josh Evans

    Wow! This was extremely eye opening Matt. Thanks for sharing.