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October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Check Out Our Contest!

Write a letter, win your pastor a vacation!

Pastor-Appreciation-Month-300x300October is National Pastor Appreciation month and Metro Voice wants to honor pastors for their tireless work. In First Timothy it says, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,'”–1 Timothy 5:17-18.

Through Oct. 20, Metro Voice is holding a “Pastor Appreciation Contest”. See details at right. But, first, recent surveys of pastors find they are some of the most stressed and least appreciated workers in God’s kingdom. The survey, by the Schaeffer Institute, found:


  • 90% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
  • 50% feel unable to meet job demands.

Training and Preparedness

  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.
  • 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they 
thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.

Health and Well-Being

  • 70% of pastors fight depression.
  • 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if 
they could, but have no other way of making a living.

Marriage and Family

  • 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.
  • 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
  • 80% spouses feel left out and under-appreciated by church members.

Church Relationships

  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • #1 reason pastors leave the ministry — Church people are not willing to go the same direction and goal of the pastor. Pastors believe God wants them to go in one direction but the people are not willing to follow or change.


  • 50% of new ministers will not last 5 years.
  • 1,700 pastors leave ministry every month.
  • 1 out of every 10 retire as a minister.
  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.

Troubling statistics aren’t they? And don’t be fooled. Your pastor may be feeling one, if not several, of the above sentiments.

While a contest cannot solve each of these issues, we can show our love for our pastors. So, Metro Voice is having a contest! You are invited to write us a 300-word letter on why you have a great pastor. How has your pastor changed your life? Send us the letter by Oct. 20. The person who convinces us they have the best pastor will win their pastor a two-night Branson vacation including lodging at a beautiful Myer Hotel property (compliments of Metro Voice), show tickets (including the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Ark.) and gift certificates to cover gas and meals for two (compliments of Midwest Ministers Fellowship). But that’s not all! The author of the essay will win tickets to a future Christian concert.

Mail your letter to Metro Voice, PO Box 1114, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 or email your submission to Dwight @ metrovoicenews dot com. Act quick! Deadline is Oct. 15. Winners will be announced in our November edition.