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Pastor Disaster: 18,000 leaving ministry yearly


POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 8:21am

UPDATED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:45am

East Texas ministry trying to help ministers struggling with depression and burnout

Church pastors work more than just Sundays. Often they're asked to counsel couples or people struggling with issues, hospital visitations, weddings, funerals, administrative duties, and still prepare sermons.

That's aside from their own families and the duties and struggles there. Why so many pastors are dropping out of their calling.

But there is help out there. Shepherd's Heart Ministries is looking to stem that tide.


Shepherd's Heart Ministries


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Just a quiet word: Jesus didn't have a home, raise a family, take a salary or ask for handouts. He said, " The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head." He sent His ministers forth the same way. When did all that change?

Howard - people who generalize like you - are mostly ignorant and uneducated. In this World one has a chance to make a choice; Jesus Christ or The Devil. But remember this, God undoubtedly knows your thoughs, and yet you continue to breathe the air He provides, and eat from the bounty of the Earth that He provides.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible..... Col 1

My dad was a pastor who also worked full time in construction. A friend of his who was also a pastor did carpenter work and house leveling to make enough money to support his 4 kids. My dad had 7 sons and provided for all of us through his hard work. He never free loaded but worked in order to provide the things his family needed. Now a days I know pastors are paid more but I doubt that many of them are freeloaders. They provide a necessary balance in this crazy world of violence and unstability

Well, Howard, no one needs to guess whether you are a church-going fella or not...but may one suggest that, with the dismal post below, you keep your religious pronouncements to yourself on this one. Freedom of speech is one thing, but in letting others know just how rediculous some of your thoughts can be, it would seem prudent to just keep ideas like these to yourself. Ministers who have truly felt the call of God on their lives to be servant/leaders in the church are NOT freeloaders!

I wish they would ALL quit. The world would be much better off without all these freeloaders.

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