The Fuller Institute of Church Growth reported that:
i.90% of pastors work in excess of 6 days per week.
ii. 90% felt that they were not adequately trained to cope with the ministry demands placed upon them.
iii. 80% believe that pastoral ministry is affecting their families negatively.
iv. 75% have reported a significant crisis due to stress at least once in their ministry.
v. 70% of pastors do not have someone they would consider a close friend.
vi. 70% have a lower self-image after they’ve pastored than before they started.
vii. 50% felt unable to meet the needs of the job.
viii. 40% reported a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
ix. 33% say that being in ministry is clearly a hazard to their families.Church Resource Ministries -1998)
x. At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit.
Do you know someone who has burnt out? I'd be interested in hearing your feedback as to why there are such large numbers of people that burnout each year.
What are your thoughts?