Current Update on Why Pastors Are Quitting

Episode #227
May 24, 2016
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Podcast Episode #227

We update listeners on 10 current reasons that pastors are leaving the ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Don’t go into ministry unless you are called.
  • I wonder how many pastors’ dreams have died, and they are now struggling to move forward.
  • More pastors are forced/asked to resign than those who are outright fired.
  • Pastoral care can be taught in seminary, but you’ll never be prepared for all that may come your way as a pastor.
  • The only reason you should be in ministry is if you have a sense of call.
  • Your call to ministry not only calls you but sustains you as well.
  • Don’t mistake traditions in the church for stability.
  • Don’t start a church as an escape from problems. Start a church to reach a community.

The 10 reasons we are seeing pastors leave the church are:

  1. Worn out from conflict.
  2. Dreams that have died.
  3. Forced resignations.
  4. Overwhelmed with responsibilities.
  5. Don’t understand how to do some aspects of ministry.
  6. Realized they didn’t have a call.
  7. Overwhelmed with cultural changes.
  8. Can’t keep up with changes.
  9. Desire to start a church.
  10. Desire to go into marketplace ministry.

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