Burnout in the Pulpit ‘Wearing on the Soul’

Pastor Chuck Salvo delivers his sermon to the congregation during the drive-in service at On Fire Christian Church on April 5, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Daniel 7:25 “He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Pastors battle skyrocketing burnout amid politics, pandemic: ‘Wearing on the soul’
  • Barna Group suggested that unprecedented numbers are thinking about quitting the ministry. The poll showed that rates of burnout among pastors have risen dramatically during the past year, with a staggering 42% of ministers wondering if they should abandon their vocation altogether.
  • That number marked an increase of 13 percentage points since Barna’s similar poll in January 2021, when just 29% felt that way. Such pastors named stress (56%), loneliness (43%) and political divisions (38%) as the top reasons they have wearied of the job, as well as the toll it has taken on their families (29%).

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