This is Pastor Bob
I know that you will want to read the following statistics, they are very eye opening. After you read these statistics we hope you will feel the freedom and interest to fill out the following survey. This survey was developed based on our experiences of ministering to hurting pastors and their families over the last 16 years. We are excited to see how you will answer based on your opinion and your experience as a pastor or the spouse of a pastor.
This survey is called
The Seven Behaviors of a Healthy Pastor.
This survey is still being developed, but the outline of our workshop is listed below.
We, the staff of Trinity Ministries have taught,
“The Seven Behaviors of a Healthy Pastor”
as a workshop, retreat, or a seminar in the past and we look forward to doing it again as a group of pastors extend an invitation. Maybe this could be taugh to a congregation???
In the light of the statistics you are about to read, we want to reachout to pastors who are healthy and encourage them to stay healthy. Those of you who are tired and troubled you will find this a very refreashing and hopfull experience. And per chance one or two of you are already in burnout,”their is hope and help.”
I. Developing healthy behavior through
“Intimacy with God.”
II. Developing healthy behavior through
”Discovering and understanding your core belief system.”
III, Developing healthy behavior through
“Self Identity in Christ.”
IV. Developing healthy behavior through
V. Developing healthy behavior through
VI. Developing healthy behavior through
“Evaluation and Setting Priorities.”
VII. Developing healthy behavior through
“Exploring and setting Bojundaries.”
Why God raised up Trinity Ministries
The following statistics cross all denominational lines and have been gleaned from various sources, such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, and a few other respected ministries.
These statistics reveal serious problems in the spiritual leadership of our nation. We cannot ignore this and expect the problems to go away. Ministry must be a joy before we can impart life and have effective change on society. We impart what we are, not what we say!
Are You Ready?
Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month
due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, contention in their churches and
[the realization that they were never called.]
Seventy percent felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called.
Eighty percent of seminary and bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
Ninety percent said the ministry was completely different than they thought it would be before they entered ministry.
Eighty percent of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
Fifty percent are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way to make a living.
Ninety percent of pastors said their seminary or bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry.
Four thousand new churches begin each year, but seven thousand churches will close.
Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
Ninety five percent of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.
Seventy percent of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.
Eighty percent of pastors surveyed spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer.
Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.
Almost forty percent said they had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
Eighty percent of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression.
Eighty five percent said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people, such as elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members and associate pastors.
Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.
Seventy percent of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church members.
Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they really are not.
The majoridty of pastors’ wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.