If you follow Pastor’s, church and ministry leaders on social media or blogs you quickly realize that many appear to be tired, frustrated and it would seem ready to quit. Whenever I am at a Pastor’s conference or leadership event, I can just about guarantee I will have at least one if not multiple conversations about someone wanting to quit. If I was was to use an anecdotal approach to this apparent problem I would stop there and arrive at the conclusion, people are leaving the ministry as fast as they can. However, we have to consider some facts.
Dr. Ed Stetzer has done extensive research with Lifeway Research and has found that 93% of Protestant Pastors say they feel privileged to be a Pastor. He also takes the time to clarify and disprove the stat you find all over the web stating over 1,500 Pastors are leaving the ministry a month. Here is the entire article: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/october/that-stat-that-says-pastors-are-all-miserable-and-want-to-q.html
My take away? Sometimes we allow the one or two people who have caught our ear to speak for the majority. It maybe they were tired, maybe they had a rough week and couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe at that moment, they did want to quit. I may never know the reason or cause for which they shared with me. However, I do have the responsibility to always speak the truth in love, be an encouragement and believe that God is still at work in His church! It is easy to get caught up in the negative and believe the worse, but accurate facts never lie, and in this situation I choose to believe the facts.
Stezer, Ed. (2015). The stat that says Pastors are all miserable and want to quit. Online source: