Write a letter, win your pastor a vacation!
October 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. Â For the Scripture says, â€˜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%Â of pastors report working betweenÂ 55Â toÂ 75Â hours per week.
- 50%Â feel unable to meet job demands.
Training and Preparedness
- 90%Â feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.
- 90%Â of pastors said theÂ ministry was completely differentÂ than what theyÂ â€¨thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
Health and Well-Being
- 70%Â of pastors fight depression.
- 50%Â of pastors feel soÂ discouragedÂ that they would leave the ministry ifÂ â€¨they could, but have no other way of making a living.
Marriage and Family
- 80%Â believe pastoral ministry hasÂ negativelyÂ affected their families.
- 80%Â of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
- 80%Â spouses feel left out andÂ under-appreciatedÂ by church members.
- 70%Â do not have someone they consider a close friend.
- 40%Â report serious conflict with a parishioner at leastÂ once a month.
- #1 reason pastors leave the ministryÂ â€” 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%Â of new ministers will not lastÂ 5 years.
- 1,700Â pastors leave ministryÂ every month.
- 1Â out of everyÂ 10Â retire as a minister.
- 4,000Â new churches begin each year andÂ 7,000Â 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.
- CONTEST DETAILS
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.