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Former Pastors Dish On The Top 5 Reasons They Called it Quits

Check out this story from this week’s edition of Ministry Briefing.

In a poll by Lifeway research, former pastors were asked to list the top 5 reasons that they left the pastorate. A change in calling, conflict within their church and burnout were at the top of the list. “Almost half of those who left the pastorate said their church wasn’t doing any of the kinds of things that would help” said executive director Ed Stetzer.
Click here to read the full article from Lifeway Research. Some of the findings from this research include: 
  • Trouble begins early  with 48 percent of the former pastors saying the search team didn’t accurately describe the church before their arrival.
  • 40% reported a change in calling
  • 35%  had a conflict in the church
  • 19% experienced burnout
  • 12% said personal finances played a role
  • 12% reported family issues
Why does this matter?
  • Unhealthy churches lead to unhealthy pastors, and vice-versa
  • Churches need to develop the systems to support pastors early on in order to sustain their ministry
  • Isolation, lack of boundaries, and a lack of clarity on expectations lead to an early flame out

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