Statistics Show Stresses Faced by Pastors

These are some statistics that Standing Stone Ministry has gathered in recent years that illustrate the occupational hazards and risks of pastoral ministry. These statistics show the urgency and importance of our ministry to shepherd the shepherds.

  • More than 70% of pastors do not have a close friend with whom they can openly share their struggles.
  • The dominant cause for pastors to leave the pastoral ministry is burnout. Number two is moral failure.
  • 80% of pastors believe the pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.
  • 94% felt under pressure to have the “ideal” family.
  • 70% indicated their compensation contributed to marriage conflicts.
  • Only 50% of pastors felt that the education they received adequately prepared them for ministry. Most pastors rely on books and conferences as their primary source of continuing education.
  • 25% of all pastors don’t know where to go for help if they have a personal or family conflict or concern.
  • 33% have no established means for resolving conflict.
  • 40% have no opportunity for outside renewal like a family vacation or continuing education.
  • There is a very clear relationship between the amount of time a pastor takes for personal renewal and his satisfaction in his job.
  • At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit.
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses are discouraged or are dealing with depression.
  • More than 40% of pastors and 47% of their spouses report that they are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules and unrealistic expectations.
  • Approximately 1,500 pastors leave their assignments each month, due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention within their local congregations.


Statistics provided by The Fuller InstituteGeorge Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc. Infographic from

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