According to this article pastors seem to be losing their religious values ,and their wives are having a hard time coping! Is this a sign of the times?
Pastors today are faced with more work, more problems, and more stress than any other time in the history of the church. This is taking a frightening toll on the ministry, shown by the statistics below:
Pastors’ Relationship With the Lord:
God’s intent isn’t that the ministry destroys you, but builds your inner, spiritual man. That way, you can go on to do greater and greater works for Him. Yet, what we are seeing today is droves of pastors leaving the ministry defeated, depressed, and dejected. Why is this happening, and what can we do about it?
First of all, let’s deal with the question of why. I think that if we look at what the pastors said, we’d have to conclude that the problem is the church people, especially the leadership. Unfortunately, that’s a hard one to change.
However, if we look at the last section of statistics, the ones that deal with the pastor’s relationship with the Lord, we see some interesting clues to the true root of the problem.
More than anything, God has called pastors to have an intimate relationship with Him. That must come before the ministry, that must come before the congregation, and that must even come before the family. As you can plainly see from the statistics above, we literally cannot survive in the ministry without taking the time to be with the Lord.
If we, as ministers, don’t have an intimate relationship with the Lord, how can we expect to have anything to minister to others? Our congregations don’t need yesterday’s warmed over breadcrumbs. They need the fresh meat and manna for today. But, you know what? We need that too.
What Can You Do?
How can you avoid becoming just another one of these statistics? I believe there are certain steps, that we as ministers, can and must do to help ourselves not only survive in the ministry, but excel in it.
Remember the wisdom of the apostles in Acts chapter six. They found that they weren’t able to spend the time they needed in prayer and Bible study, because of the demands of the ministry. So, they asked the people to select deacons from amongst themselves; in order to take some of the burden of the ministry off of the apostles.
Why did they do this? So that they could spend their time in prayer and study of the Word. If your leadership isn’t taking that load, then they aren’t leadership. You need to train them in their duties, and allow them the blessing of truly serving the people of God.
Be encouraged, brother. You don’t have to become a negative statistic. God wants you where you are, not so that your church can be a millstone around your neck, but so that you can be a blessing to them. There is victory for you at the foot of the cross. Take your burden there, and allow the Lord to lift you up.
These statistics came from across denomination lines, and have been gleaned from various reliable sources such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Global Pastors Network.
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