Got 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