The role of pastor is extremely stressful. In effect he/she is never off duty. This long-term stress takes a toll emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Churches that want to keep their pastor for many years must provide him/her with a season of rest. I recommend that all full-time pastors and staff receive a three-month paid sabbatical every six or seven years.
The Battle Wounded …
- 23% of pastors have been fired or pressured to resign at least once in their careers.
- 25% of pastors don’t know where to turn when they have a family or personal issue.
- 45% of pastors say that they have experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence.
- 56% of pastors’ spouses say that they have no close friends.
- 70% don’t have any close friends.
- 75% report severe stress causing anguish, worry, bewilderment, anger, depression, fear, and alienation.
- 80% say they have insufficient time with their spouse.
- 80% believe that pastoral ministry affects their families negatively.
- 90% work more than 50 hours a week.
- 94% feel under pressure to have a perfect family.
- 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure.
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