Why Are Our Leaders Dropping Like Flies?
February 25, 2012 6 Comments
Listen to the following statistics from a survey of hundreds of ministers. 90% of ministers work more than 46 hours a week; 80% believe the ministry has affected their families negatively; 33% say that the ministry is an out-right hazard to their family; 50% feel unable to meet the needs of the job; 90% feel they were inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands; 70% say they have a lower self-image than when they started in the ministry; 40% report a serious conflict with a team member at least once a month; 37% confess having been involved in some inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church; 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend. 85% of churches in America have plateaued or are in decline. These are the statistics of the ministers who were honest and courageous enough to even respond to the survey. The numbers may be worse!
Only 1 Out of 40 Ministers Entering the Ministry Today Will Retire as a Minister
We are in a real war and all Christian leaders are on the front lines. Most of our modern Churches have had a peacetime mentality when we should have a war-time mentality. There is a real devil doing everything in his power to destroy life-giving ministries that are boldly proclaiming the Gospel. Satan wants to smite all the shepherds so the sheep will scatter and become easy prey. We need to understand and support our leaders because they feed us the Word of the Lord week after week.
One Baptist minister stated they were losing ministers to all kinds of failings — that only 1 out of 10 ministers entering the ministry today are still there after ten years. Another clergy organization said that 1,600 ministers a month quit or are terminated from their churches in America. Every 6 minutes a pastor leaves the ministry and fewer people are entering our Bible Colleges and Seminaries.
One wise, veteran seminary professor welcomes his new ministerial students each semester with the following comment, “Congratulations on accepting the call to Christian leadership; you just increased your chances of going to hell by 50%”. Then the stunned students are given the brutal statistics about how many ministers not only quit the ministry but end up bitter, backslidden and even atheists! The deadly poison in the enemy’s arrows accomplished their seditious work in these leaders’ lives.
A lot of these statistics, as well as ministerial burnout, can be attributed to many causes. Chief among them are unscriptural governmental structures that actually foster strife and political maneuverings. Much of what we do today as contemporary “church” has its roots more in man-made traditions than it does in Scripture. We address these “governmental glitches” and distorted pastoral job descriptions in our books entitled, Roadkill Seminary and Working Together for Jesus. The system is broke and we must address it. It is, what it is, and we have to deal with the people who are in it now if lives are going to be saved.
Excerpt from “What In Hell… Is Going On?”
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