December 9, 2007 | Posted by michaelp · Filed Under Ministry

According to Shiloh Place Ministries (, which drew its information from Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, and other respected groups: (HT: Historicity)

  • 1,500 pastors leave the ministry permanently each month in America.
  • 4,000 new churches start each year in America.
  • 7,000 churches close each year in America.
  • 50% of pastors’ marriages end in divorce.
  • 70% of pastors continually battle depression.
  • 80% of pastors and 85% of their spouses feel discouraged in their roles.
  • 95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.
  • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.
  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way to make a living.
  • 80% of pastors spend under 15 minutes a day in prayer.
  • 70% of pastors only study God’s Word when preparing a message.
  • Nearly 40% of pastors have had an extra-marital sexual affair since entering ministry.
  • 80% of seminary graduates who enter ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
  • 80% of pastors’ wives feel their husbands are overworked.
  • 80% of the adult children of pastors sought professional help for depression.
  • 90% of pastors said their training was inadequate for ministry.
  • 85% of pastors report that their biggest problem is dealing with abstinent elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors.
  • 90% of pastors said the hardest thing about ministry is uncooperative people.
  • 70% of pastors are grossly underpaid.
  • 80% of pastors’ wives feel unappreciated by the congregation.
  • 90% of pastors said ministry was completely different from what they thought it would be.
  • Only 70% of pastors felt called of God into ministry when they began.
  • Only 50% of pastors felt called of God into ministry three years later.
  • 80% of pastors’ wives feel pressured to be someone they are not and do things they are not called to do in the church.
  • Over 50% of pastors’ wives feel that their husbands entering ministry was the most destructive thing to ever happen to their families.

The Status of the Church Today?

The following statistics and comments were gathered by David Bryant in his book, “Christ is All - A Joyful Manifesto on The Supremacy of God’s Son.”

In a recent study only 35% of Evangelical youth were committed to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ.
As a percentage of those who express faith in Christ in North America, only 3-6% are under the age of 30. This is the smallest number of any time in American history.
Every month 1,400 clergy leave the ministry.
Every week more than 50,000 people leave the Church, never to return.
Over 80% of churches in the U.S. are either stagnate or in decline.
With every passing year there are approximately 3,000 fewer churches in America than the year before.
In proportion to the population there are fewer than half as many churches today as there were a century ago.
According to the book “Lost in America,” the U.S. is so extensively unchurched that if non-Christians in our land were to form a nation by themselves, it would become the largest mission field in the english speaking world.
All of the above is happening despite the fact that U.S. churches have spent over $500 billion on itself in the past ten years, primarily to shore up the internal commitment of parish members.