After 38 years of full time ministry, God placed in our hearts a desire to help those who are in ministry. During our own ministry, we experienced many different, sometimes hurtful emotions. During these times, we desired a place to which we could go and share our burdens, frustrations and deepest sorrows--a place where we could be heard and receive understanding and empathy. If you have been in ministry for even a short amount of time, you know these situations. We, in ministry, are often-times frustrated with our people and, on occasion, we are frustrated or even angry with God. At times in our ministry we wondered where God is; often we wanted to cry out and say, “I just don’t believe you, God.” These are natural feelings that many of the Old Testament men of God felt. I knew that I couldn’t express these feelings of disappointment in God to my people. Even when we thought of sharing these feelings with our peers, we found they were at a loss, or simply unwilling, to help. With this in mind, we started the ministry of “Mended Wings” in order for ministers to have a place where they could come, relax, share their feelings and receive strength and encouragement to go on in the work to which God has called them. If you need a place like this, please call and let us minister to you.
Pastors today are faced with more work, more problems, and more stress than at any other time in history of the church. This is taking a frightening toll on the ministry, shown by the following North American statistics:
Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches
Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in the pastorate
Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
Eighty-five percent of pastors said their greatest problem is that they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors.
Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people
Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church members
Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession
Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they are really not