Though pastors are stressed about money and overwhelming ministry demands, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year, LifeWay Research finds.
In a first-of-its-kind study, LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate ten years later for reasons other than death or retirement.
The survey, commissioned by the North American Mission Board and Richard Dockins, an occupational medicine physician in Houston concerned about pastoral attrition, also examined why pastors leave the ministry and what can be done to support pastors.
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The study identified factors leading to pastor attrition. More common factors include: conflict, family, burnout, moral lapse, and poor fit.
The study also found that, in spite of the challenges of their jobs, 92 percent of pastors say their congregations regularly give genuine encouragement to the pastor’s family.
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