Defying the Stats!

men-prayingGot this today from a friend who is a Chaplain in the Navy.  Some interesting stats.  My question here is how can we encourage each other in the ministry?  I have a list of guys that I pray for on a regular basis and a longer list that I pray for every Sunday morning.  What would you add to help change these stats?

“Steve, I know that some of our peers from OCC are no longer in ministry.  Few remain after 10-15 years.  Many of those 4.0 students are doing other things now.  Here are some stats I dug up.”

-1,500 clergy leaving pastoral ministry each month. ~The Barna Research Group

-61% of congregations have forced a pastor to leave. ~Christianity Today

-83% of clergy spouses want their spouse to leave pastoral ministry. -Hartford Institute for Religious Research

-90% of clergy in all denominations will not stay in ministry long enough to reach the age of retirement. ~U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

-50% of pastors indicated that they would leave the ministry if they had another way of making a living. ~Hartford Institute for Religious Research