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A CALL TO PRAY FOR PASTORS

Heavenly Father, we lift up America’s pastors to You today and stand in the gap for them and their families. We pray that Your promises might be manifest in their lives, their homes, and their churches.

October is Pastor Appreciation month.  Please pray for your pastor and his/her family as well as all the other pastors and church leaders in your community. Back in 2017, we published an article showing chilling statistics about Pastors provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, Lifeway, Schaeffer Institute of Leadership Development, and Pastoral Care Inc . Below are the updated results.  Take a look at see where there has been improvement and where we still have room for growth.  

“In the broader culture today, Christian ministers are as likely to be ignored as they are to be admired. But despite the challenges they face, called and committed pastors are essential to lead and shepherd the Christian community through the wilderness ahead. But how are these leaders doing” (Barna)

Newly Revised Statistics

  • 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
  • 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.
  • 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents.
  • 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a “glass house” and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.
  • 78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.
  • 65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years.
  • 66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a higher moral standard than themselves.
  • 53% of pastors report that the seminary did not prepare them for the ministry.
  • 90% of pastors report the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
  • 85% of pastors report the use of the internet and other resources have improved their study time compared to when they first started their ministry.
  • 95% of pastors report not praying daily or regularly with their spouse.
  • 57% of pastors believe they do not receive a livable wage.
  • 57% of pastors being unable to pay their bills.
  • 53% of pastors are concerned about their future family financial security.
  • 75% of pastors report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses have felt unqualified and discouraged as role of pastors at least one or more times in their ministry.
  • 52% of pastors feel overworked and cannot meet their church’s unrealistic expectations.
  • 54% of pastors find the role of a pastor overwhelming.
  • 80% of pastors expect conlfict within their church.
  • 75% of pastors report spending 4-5 hours a week in needless meeting
  • Over 50% of pastors state the biggest challenge is to recruit volunteers and encourage their members to change (living closer to God’s Word).
  • 70% of pastors report they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
  • 70% of pastors do not have someone they consider to be a close friend.
  • 81% of pastors have been tempted to have inappropriate sexual thoughts or behavior with someone in the church but have resisted.
  • 57% of pastors feel fulfilled but yet discouraged, stressed, and fatigued.
  • 84% of pastors desire to have close fellowhip with someone they can trust and confide with.
  • Over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and do not exercise.
  • The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.
  • Many denominations are reporting an “Empty Pulpit Crisis”.  They do not have a shortage of ministers but have a shortage of ministers desiring to fill the role of a pastor.
  • 71% of churches have no plan for a pastor to receive a periodic sabbatical.
  • 66% of churches have no lay counseling support.
  • 1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a pastor.

Improvements:

  • 73% of churches are treating their pastors better.  This statistic has improved due to the advent of clergy appreciation, better education on the role of the pastor, and denominational awareness to better supporting their pastors.
  • 77% of pastors, especially millennials ( younger pastors ages usually born around 1978-1990), are spending 20 or more hours with their families each week.
  • 90% of pastors feel they are called and in the place where God has called them.

Older Statistics Still Being Researched for Current Numbers:

  • **4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • **Over 1,500 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
  • **Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month ,many without cause.
  • **Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

(Except from Pastoral Care Inc.)

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12 Replies to “A CALL TO PRAY FOR PASTORS”

  1. Dear Father,
    Help us to see how far off the path we have strayed.
    Give us hearts burning to reach the lost.
    Please revive us that we will focus and desire your will and walk worthy of the high calling you have given us as we have been redeemed by a most bloody grace….
    Your Son, our Lord came to to serve and give himself fully for us.
    We have become so very self focused that we forgot the purpose we have to share the wonder of your great mercy and love.
    May we once again remember and repent of the state we are in…restore us to be useful parts of the diverse body to Your glory!
    Amen

  2. Father, I pray You would draw each and every Pastor to Yourself. I pray they would look to YOU for how they prioritize their time, moment by moment. Lead them by Your Holy Spirit, and strengthen their belief in You and what You say in Your Word. May their relationships with You grow stronger, and their obedience to Your voice and Your Word be consistent. Give them friends, to come along side of them, to be able to confide in, that will pray for them and keep them accountable to You and Your Word. Give them others to share the burden of shepherding their flock. May there be no lack of finances for them and their families. Bring more part-time pastors who work another job but are called to take on pastoral roles in the churches You call them to, as volunteers. Give the people of the church eyes to see needs that arise, and to work together with You first, and with one another, to meet each one. May there be committed people You appoint to pray for the pastors, their family and the needs of the church. Give the pastors spiritual discernment to know what is heaven, what is human, and what is of hell. Lift up the church, O God to operate as You intended it to. Each of us is a part of the body of Christ. Teach us to work together, following your direction, for Your glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.

  3. Lord I ask that you show us how to come along side our pastors to support them. Lord you are the Master of all and I pray that you provide what they need so they can lead others. Lord give them time to be husbands and fathers and to have rest so they can carry out your mission on earth. I pray that they spend the time to grow in their relationship with you. Lord protect them and wrap them in your love and peace.

  4. Father God, My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will wrap His loving arms around & protect our pastors who so fervently preach your Word – unaltered & uncompromised – in spite of pressure to compromise Your precepts & principles. Thank you, Lord, for these brave pastors. Amen.

  5. Father, I pray that you rise up a people in our nation who will pray diligently for our pastors. That they will shepherd, teach, nurture, care for, instruct the people as they rightly divide the word of God & speak it forth within their church or among their flock, even as Jesus did when He taught the disciples & had a heart for the people who were like sheep without a shepherd. We need pastors who will take their calling as pastor seriously as will stick with it. So I ask you to strengthen them! Give them courage to remain in their call! To not compromise the word of God but to speak boldly what it says that it may bring conviction to those who have yet to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! I pray that the pastors of today with also remain in a place of prayer & in the word of God so they will constantly be reminded that you are with them & that your presence never leaves them in the name of Jesus! Amen!

  6. Father, I ask that you open the ears, hearts and minds of pastors who do not teach/preach The Word accurately according to scripture or your revelation. It is a privilege to work for you Father in whatever capacity in gratitude to Jesus and the implanting of the Holy Spirit. We all have to learn how to abide, how to be content, how to love, how to forgive. We all need to be corrected and realigned and melted down and reformed. It is not only for Pastors, so do not allow your people to be shocked or swayed or in pity according to the statistics quoted in this article. Yes, help us all to find ways to be a blessing to our pastors…and help our pastors to be more of a blessing to us by faithfully teaching/preaching Your words in an uncompromising way and having the courage/strength to stand for The Truth. In Jesus name. Amen.

  7. Pray for the restoration of the Church that belongs to God Almighty, under the authority of Jesus, no more state controlled churches [501C3]; Led by Apostles who do mighty miracles where everyone has a song, hymn, word, teaching or prophecy: 1 Cor 14:26

    26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
    ASV

    1 Cor 14:26

    26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
    ASV
    English Standard Version 1 Corinthians 12:28
    And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

    2 Corinthians 12:12 King James Version (KJV)

    12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

  8. I am waiting for some religious leader to point out that socialism is spiritually in violation of the 10th commandment “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, etc.

  9. Lord I pray that you raise up Christians in each church to take the role of ministering to the pastor. Let the lay people share the program and take on ministries that will glorify the Lord and take the pressure off the pastor. I lift up pastors and their families. I rebuke the enemy from causing depression and discouragement. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

  10. These statistics are appaling!! We need a real revival in the U.S. so we reclaim what it means to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves.

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