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