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Clergy Survey

1991 Survey of Pastors, Fuller Institute of Church Growth, Pastors at Risk , H. B. London, Jr. & Neil B. Wiseman, Victor Books, 1993, p. 22

Consider the following sobering survey results of the personal and professional lives of the clergy: 90% of pastors work more than 46 hours a week 80% believed that pastoral ministry affected their families negatively 33% said that being in ministry was an outright hazard to their family 75% reported a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry 50% felt unable to meet the needs of the job 90% felt they were inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands 70% say they have a lower self-esteem now than when they started out 40% reported a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month 37% confessed having been involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend