Forty-eight percent of them think their work is hazardous to their family well-being. Another 45.5 percent will experience a burnout or a depression that will make them leave their jobs. And 70 percent say their self-esteem is lower now than when they started their position. They have the second-highest divorce rate among professions.
They are pastors.
Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are the president of the United States, a university president, a CEO of a hospital and ... a pastor.
And fellow Covenant pastor Eugene Cho writes:
-80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with spouse and that ministry has a negative effect on their family.
-40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner once a month.
-33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
-75% report theyâ€™ve had significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
-58% of pastors indicate that their spouse needs to work either part time or full time to supplement the family income.
-56% of pastorsâ€™ wives say they have no close friends.
Pastors who work fewer than 50 hrs/week are 35% more likely to be terminated.
-40% of pastors considered leaving the pastorate in the past three months.
Those statistics don't surprise me at all.
Something is broken in the way we do this pastoring thing.