Study after study shows the burnout rate for people in full-time ministry is high and growing.
Tim Peters tackled this issue with a very helpful post, 10 Real Reasons Pastors Quit Too Soon.
As I read it, I noticed something missing from his list. And it may be the most important and most overlooked reason of all. I believe it is so central to our identity as pastors, that it’s an underlying factor for most of the other 10.
I think it should be listed as the #1 reason, but I’ll settle for adding it as reason #11 for now.
Reason #11: The Drive to Build a Bigger Church
Good people are being driven away from the call of God before they’ve done what God called them to do. This includes a tragic increase in pastoral suicides recently.
How many factors on this list would either be reduced or disappear entirely if we weren’t obsessed with the unbiblical drive to build bigger and bigger churches?
Let’s take a look at some excerpts from these 10, each followed by a few words of commentary from me.