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Pastor Burnout Statistics

You can easily find pastor burnout statistics all over the internet. Some are very overwhelming – like saying that 48% of pastors marriages end in divorce. I for one have my doubts about that one. As do I about quite a few numbers.

I wish they were all true – because then my job of convincing people that pastoral burnout is ravaging pastors would be easy. I tried to find the truth behind the pastor burnout statistics. I tried to find the original studies that produced the numbers. But in most cases I couldn’t find the source.

However, there are a lot of pastor burnout statistics that are reputable… and they are very troubling. Many of the numbers below come from H. B. London’s book,


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  1. […] Statistics show that clergy has the second highest divorce rate among professionals. In addition, 25% of wives see their spouses schedule a source of conflict. Pastors often place ministry before family, which in time, may have adverse affects on the family. Finally, 45% of Pastors suffers from depression. […]

    Posted by Pastor burnout a growing concern | Deb's Place | July 14, 2014, 2:06 pm
  2. […] things don’t get done and/or the leader gets overworked, and perhaps even burns out. This quote from the New York Times is based on several studies: “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and […]

    Posted by Christian leadership « the Way? | November 25, 2011, 4:00 pm
  3. […] the US.  It is very, very distressing.  I understand completely what the statistics reflect.  “Pastor Burnout Statistics” http://snipurl.com/39yx0   I find that I feel beyond burnout.  In fact, I am now […]

    Posted by 36 years of serving God in the local church « disciple David | July 14, 2011, 5:44 am
  4. […] The church I serve was organized in the ’50′s and ’60′s in a middle class, upper middle class, upper class neighborhood, and like many churches of that era, it’s ethos was to confirm the hoped for reality of success, modernity, responsibility, and keeping the lid on life. Ironically, each of my predecessors (or at least 4 of the 5, not sure about the first one), had serious issues and conflicts as the pastor here and each had a difficult if not ending of life experience at the end of their tenure (one died of a heart attack at age 62 after a 23 year tenure after 4 attempts to remove him with the last one within the year before his death being a 2 hour, one by one voting process where each member went to a box on the altar to place their ballot on whether he should stay or not.) I was in touch with 3 of them within my 1st year here (16 yrs tenure to date) and each breathed angry fire about their recollections of serving this church and one refused to go into detail because to write about it was too painful. Apparently this recent article on pastor burnout is not new… http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/27347.htm […]

    Posted by the security of the dark – life today through the dark night of the soul « disciple David | June 20, 2011, 10:57 pm