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Statistics about Pastors and their Spouses


  • 1500 leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches
  • 50% of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce
  • 80% are discouraged in their role as pastors
  • 80% of Seminary and Bible School graduates who enter the ministry will leave it within the first five years
  • 70% constantly fight depression
  • Almost 40% confessed to having an affair since beginning their ministry
  • Of every twenty men who enter the ministry, only one will still be actively involved at the age of 65
  • 80% of pastors spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer
  • 70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons



  • 80% feel left out and unappreciated by church members
  • 80% feel their spouse is overworked
  • 80% feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they are really not
  • The majority said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry



These statistics are gathered from across denominational lines and acquired from

Life-Line For Pastors, a publication of Maranatha Life
P.O. Box 1206, Donna, TX 78537

Elijah Ministries
"Ministering to Ministers"