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1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience.  Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

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Do you know what your Pastor is facing?  

Do you know why Soul Care so important?

Have you thought about how you can help?

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According to a Recent Barna Survey

  • 38% of pastors said they have considered quitting full-time ministry in the past year!

  • 51% of pastors 45 years old and younger are seriously considering leaving ministry!

WHAT PASTORS FACE

"The demands on pastors can be staggering. Pastors are asked to be dynamic preachers, compassionate counselors, capable administrators, bold visionaries, confident strategists, effective fund-raisers, strong leaders, and much more.  The work is never done.  Conflict comes from every side. Criticism is a common occurrence.  Long hours suck life and energy."   

                                                                     -- Pastors are People Too (Jimmy Dodd / Larry Magnuson)

Did you know

  • Over 75% of Pastors believe that pastoring affects their families negatively.

  • 50% feel unable to meet the needs of their job.

  • 45.5 % of Pastors say that they've experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence.

  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.

  • 55% of Pastors feel lonely and discouraged.

  • In 2021, 10% of Pastors stated that they have contemplated ending their life!

  • Over 1/3 of Pastors work more than 60 hours per week with unrealistic expectations placed on them. 

What can you do

There are very practical things that you can do to care for your Pastor.  It starts by praying!  Pray for their family.  Ask God to provide wisdom, strength, rest and protection. 

Take some time to encourage your pastor.  Share with them how God has used them in your life.  A simple thing like an encouraging note can go a long ways! 

Champion your Pastor.  Be the person who seeks to understand how they are doing and what they are going through.  

Understand that your Pastor is a person just like you.

Invest in their soul care.    

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Books to read

  • Leading On Empty (Wayne Cordeiro)

  • The Weary Leader's Guide to Burnout (Sean Nemeck)

  • Pastors Are People Too  (Jimmy Dodd & Larry Magnuson)

  • Bo's Cafe (Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch)

  • The Emotionally Healthy Church (Peter Scazzero)

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