10 Ways to Avoid Pastoral Burnout

(<1 hour) o Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches. o Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors. o Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living. o Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years. o Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression. o Eighty percent of pastors' spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession. (Statistics from article: “Death by Ministry” by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA) What can ministers do to help avoid burnout that happens to so many? What can church boards to help their ministers’ pastoral longevity and satisfaction? We look at ten top ways.