It’s tough being a pastor – Catholic or otherwise

90% of pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week and 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.

And 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.

Most pastors feel unprepared.

90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands and 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.

Many pastors struggle with depression and discouragement.

70% of pastors constantly fight depression and 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.

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Editor’s note: This article deals specifically with Protestant pastors. It seems to me that Catholic priests tend to be better prepared for ministry, even with the sad state of affairs that still exists in many of our seminaries and the shortage of priests. Does anyone know more about this?

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