Church Announcement: Lack of support reason pastors leave pastorate!

Reader, this should raise (again) important questions: 48% of former pastors said training did not prepare them for ministry. A new LifeWay study has honed in on some of the many reasons so many pastors has walked away from their calling.  No sabbatical.  No help with counseling. No clear picture of what’s expected.

You can have a Tony Evans like speaker as your preacher, but if families and even the leadership within your church are flooded with anger, bitterness and disunity, there will be problems. These hidden patterns of disunity and relational barriers are why churches are dying and among the reasons why pastors are leaving.

Anyway, in a new study, hundreds of former senior pastors say these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate. The study by LifeWay Research points to ways churches can encourage pastors to stay in the ministry, said Ed Stetzer, executive director of the research organization.

 “Almost half of those who left the pastorate said their church wasn’t doing any of the kinds of things that would help,” Stetzer said. “Having clear documents, offering a sabbatical rest, and having people help with weighty counseling cases are key things experts tell us ought to be in place.” LifeWay Research surveyed 734 former senior pastors who left the pastorate before retirement age in four Protestant denominations. Source Here!


  1. Pastoring is probably the hardest 'job' there is, with the responsibility of shepherding during such turbulent times in the world. I can only imagine how challenging. If you break it down in football terms, and the pastor is the quarterback, then he needs a really effective offensive and defensive line. What that looks like I'm not exactly sure. What I do know is all pastors need people to pray for them on a consistent basis and perhaps even run interference for them when problems arise.


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