According to a report that appeared in the New York Times (August 1, 2010), 45% of pastor’s either burnout and leave their ministry posts, or belong to a growing club of those who would like to quit but haven’t figured out yet how to do it.*
Within the Seventh-day Adventist Church some have suggested this number is as high as 35%.
Why is it so high? Until you have walked in a pastor’s shoes, you may not realize the complexity of their work or appreciate the fact that it never ends.
Years ago, Methodist pastor, Pierce Harris, said this of a pastor’s work:
“The modern preacher has to make as many visits as a country doctor, shake as many hands as a politician, prepare as many briefs as a lawyer, and see as many people as a specialist. He has to be as good an executive as the president of a university, as good a financier as a bank president; and in the midst of it all, he has to be so good a diplomat that he could umpire a baseball game between the Knights of Columbus and the Ku Klux Klan.”
Pastoral ministry can be a rewarding experience that continues to enrich and bless those who respond to the call.
I have been employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church most of my adult life. I’ve served as a pastoral intern, associate pastor, lead pastor, high school chaplain, Bible teacher and resource developer. During this time I have seen the operations of the church at many levels and have been Continue Reading…