Preachers get fired more often than NFL coaches. Some sources suggest that as many 18,000 ministers are terminated or leave the ministry under duress every year. That is fifty a day, every day. String them all together and you have a slow train of misery chugging down a track to nowhere.
In the book Ten Ways to Kill a Preacher, the author offers a frank exposé of this epidemic in the often hidden religious culture of churches. Ministry can be a rewarding experience for many servants of God, but with just a few twists here and there the road can suddenly grow bumpy and the way life-threatening.
Consider these statistics gleaned from sources such as Focus on the Family, Ministry Today, Charisma Magazine, TNT Ministries, and other respected groups:
•1,500 pastors leave the ministry permanently each month in America
•80% of seminary graduates who enter ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
•70% of pastors continually battle depression.
•80% of pastors and 85% of their spouses feel discouraged in their roles.
•90% of pastors said the hardest thing about the ministry is uncooperative people.
•70% of pastors are grossly underpaid.
This book cuts across all denominational boundaries. It is a clarion call to action by everyone involved in church life and ministry.