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- Duke Kwon

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 Pastor Appreciation Month

 

The role of pastor is demanding. Not only we them, but for their family as well. Consider these statistics from pastoralcareinc.com:

- 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.

- 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.

- 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor's children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents.

- 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a "glass house" and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.

- 23% of pastors report being distant to their family.

- 78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.

- 65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years. 

- 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.

- 35% of pastors report the demands of the church denies them from spending time with their family.

- 24% of pastor's families resent the church and its effect on their family.

- 22% of pastor's spouses reports the ministry places undue expectations on their family. 

- 66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a higher moral standard than themselves.

- 53% of pastors report that the seminary did not prepare them for the ministry.

- 90% of pastors report the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.

 

As you can imagine, pastors and their families endure a lot of stress and pressure. That's why every year in October, we encourage churches to celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month.  It's a chance for congregations to honor their pastors and their families for their hard work, commitment and sacrificial dedication.
 
Following are some resources to get you started.
 
- 30-Day Praying for Your Pastor Challenge
 
- 10 Simple Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month 
 
- Focus on the Family - Show Kids How To Appreciate Their Pastor

- Pastor Appreciation Ideas

- 30 Ways You Can Heart Your Pastor
 
- Pastor Appreciation Ideas on Pinterest

- 5 Ideas For Pastor Appreciation Month
 
 
 
 
 
 
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