Let’s face it. In many cases our modern churches have become much more than just a gathering place to worship. We have added daycare, schools, coffee shops, bookstores, free wi-fi, etc., etc., etc. Now there is nothing inherently bad with these things, and for the most part they are great tools for reaching new people and providing Christ centered education for our children. However, who is responsible for keeping these things operational and when do we get back to the church being a group of believers assembled together to worship God?
Today, I’d like to focus on maintaining balance in Your Church. The statistics are staggering:
- Pastors have the second highest divorce rate of any other profession.
- 40% of pastors and 47% of spouses are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules, and/or unrealistic expectations.
- 45% of pastors say that they’ve experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry.
- 80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with their spouse.
And the most Staggering Statistic: