Among pastors who left the ministry before the age of 65, 19% cited burnout as their reason. The most high profile of this group is now Pete Wilson, 42, who recently resigned from Cross Point church, which has been one of the fastest growing churches in America. Other reasons for pastors resigning included a change in calling (40%) and conflict in the church (25%).
Why this matters for church leaders:
There are a lot of myths about church burnout, and while it is a serious problem to consider, there are many other reasons why a pastor may step down.
- Answer the call?Many pastors have left ministry due to a change in calling. Are there ways to help pastors evaluate their place in ministry so they can make sure it’s a good fit?
- Extinguishing Burnout: Are there ways that churches can provide more support for pastors who are in danger of burnout?
- Job Descriptions: What about pastoral job descriptions could change to minimize burnout?
Do any of these reasons for leaving ministry connect with your experiences or relationships?
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