Why The BOOM Network?
Ministry is hard, and the casualties are often far too high. Can you wrap your head around these statistics?
70% of pastors do not have someone they consider a close friend.
80% of pastors’ families believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their family.
80% of spouses feel left out, feel the pastor is overworked & underappreciated, and wish their spouse (the pastor) would choose a different profession.
friends don’t let friends do ministry alone
90% of pastors said the ministry field was completely different than what they thought it would be like.
While an average of 4,000 churches open annually, an average of 7,000 close.
50% of the ministers now starting out will not last 5 years.
40% report experiencing a serious conflict with a parishioner monthly.
success is no accident
90% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours a week.
50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
70% of pastors report constantly fighting depression.
50% of pastors feel they would leave the ministry if they could, but would have no other way of making a living.
life is short, church should be fun