This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
Is this the church that God intended? A church where …
90% of pastors work more than 48 hours per week. 80% believe that pastoral ministry is affecting their families negatively. 33% say that being in ministry is clearly a hazard to my family. 75% have reported a significant crisis due to stress at least once in their ministry. 50% felt unable to meet the needs of the job. 90% felt they were not adequately trained to cope with the ministry demands placed upon them. 40% reported a serious conflict with a parishoner at least once a month. 70% of pastors do not have someone they would consider a close friend. 37% have been involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church. 70% have a lower self-image after they've pastored than when they started.
– From Fuller Institute of Church Growth study in 2001 (No link available)