Why We Do What We Do

Our Why

Ministry Is Hard

Ministry remains one of the last occupations where such a remarkably broad array of functions is demand and, yet, utterly dependent on relationships with volunteers and their productivity in changing environments. Read more…

 

Clergy Losses Are Massive

According to studies by the Alban Institute and Fuller Seminary, 50 percent of ministers drop out of ministry within the first five years and many never to go back to church again. Read more…

Dysfunctional Communities

Ministers reported that 62% of their churches had fired the previous minister and 41% had fired the previous two pastors. Read more…

 

Clergy Termination – Job Loss

In their study, BarfootWinston, and Wickman found 87% percent of those forced out through the pressure of a small faction indicate that this group was made up of ten people or less, 26% said five or less. Read more…

 

Abused Clergy

Research reports that only 54 percent of those who have been forced from their church ministry position return to a full-time church-related ministry role. Read more…

 

Expectations Vary

In an analysis of a congregation’s perception and a pastor’s perception of ministerial leadership, Purcell found that the top roles the congregation and pastor prioritize as most important are completely opposite of why congregations fire ministers and why ministers leave senior ministry. Read more…