Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 30, 2015
2009 Statistics Of Why Pastors Leave the Ministry by Fuller Institute, George Barna and Pastoral Care Inc, Focus On The Family.
1,500 pastors leave the ministry permanently each month in America.
4,000 new churches start each year in America.
7,000 churches close each year in America.
You know, for pastors, ministry is a series of good news and bad news. Listen to these scenarios:
Good news: You baptized seven people today in the river.
Bad news: You lost two of them in the swift current.
Good news: The Women’s ministry voted to send you a get-well card.
Blackaby shares from his book “The Power of the Call” pages 10-14 on a clear picture of what one looks like who is called by God into pastoral ministry:
i. The pastor is chosen
ii. He is chosen by God
iii. He is chosen by God to be His servant
iv. He is chosen by God to shepherd His
IF I HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING....
Evangelist Jack Taylor was alone in his hotel room in Houston, Texas after a Southern Baptist Convention meeting. He felt exhausted in ministry. He cried out to God in prayer, "Lord, if I have seen everything You have for me in my ministry.......then take my life
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 27, 2006
Protestant Pastor Priorities: The Barna Group recently surveyed Protestant Senior Pastors ministry priorities for the coming year. Overall, 12 different ministry emphases were listed by at least 3% of the pastors. The top priorities were discipleship and spiritual development (47%); evangelism and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 19, 2002
H.B. London, Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman, in their book Pastors at Risk, present some statistics on risk factors related to ministers today. Some of these statistics are as follows:
Ninety percent of pastors work more than forty-six hours a week. Eighty percent believed that pastoral ministry
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 25, 2009
WHAT THE FLOCK NEEDS FROM THEIR PASTOR
The breadth of my ministry is determined by the depth of my relationship with Jesus, "the most important thing that your people need from you is your personal holiness" --Dr. Bill Bennett, SEBTS Pastoral Ministry class
"Take heed to yourselves, lest you
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 16, 2006
Pastor Crisis: Only 1/3 of seminary students say they want to pastor a church. That trend is magnified by the fact that just 8% of clergy are now 35 or younger. Many are nearing retirement age, and many others are departing for other careers. Eldon Fry, Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Ministries
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 3, 2006
Pastors’ Blessings & Blisters: New Pulpit & Pew research done in cooperation with Duke University and funded by the Lilly Endowment reports that 60% of pastors say “they have never doubted their calling,” and 70% “indicate they have never considered leaving pastoral ministry.” Additional survey
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Feb 19, 2009
In seminary, every student was asked this question and it was sort of a psychological test that with the other tests could reveal some possible issues of the student and point to the fitness of the student for pastoral ministry. For example, I said, “Jesus.” Because as a potential pastor, I thought
BLACKABY: WHAT DOES A CALLING LOOK LIKE?
Henry Blackaby shares from his book "The Power of the Call" pages 10-14 a clear picture of what one looks like who is called by God into pastoral ministry:
1. The pastor is chosen
2. He is chosen by God
3. He is chosen by God to be His servant
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 31, 2008
Nathaniel Colver was born on May 10, 1874 and lived in Champlain, New York; his family was one of thirteen families to reside there at the time. He was born into a Christian home and spent the vast majority of his youth learning to read from three books: The Bible, a Psalm
Contributed by Doug Lyon on Jun 2, 2008
I have been a pastor at Shiloh Bible Church for eleven years. But my association with the church began long before that. My in-laws, Harold and Dorothy Wills, retired to the Bloomsburg area back in the 1980's and they started coming to Shiloh. And so when our family would come up from
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 11, 2004
A WOMAN’S PLACE
The Los Angeles Times called the 45-year old Karen Hughes one of the most powerful unelected women in the United States, but she resigned from her post less than a year and a half after Bush had successfully won the presidential election. Her husband and teenage son were