Seventy Percent of Pastors Are Lonely

We are living in troubled times among those leading the church, or should I say, failing to lead the church. This saddens my heart and should be of great concern to all Christians. In recent weeks I came across an article posted on by Philip Wagner (pastor of Oasis Church in LA). He rightly titled it, “The Secret Pain of Pastors.” What he uncovers about the challenges, loneliness, and overwhelming stress among pastors in churches today is alarming.

Do you realize that over half of pastors who start out in ministry will not last past five years?

Here’s some troubling stats that explain why the bad trend.

Research shows that 40% of pastors have considered leaving the ministry in the last three months. Over 70% of pastors experience loneliness and have no close friends they trust with personal matters. 70% have a lower self-image now than when they first joined the ministry.

How can we expect churches to thrive if the leaders can’t even survive? No wonder more than 7,000 churches close each year. Currently most evangelical churches are not even operating as an organization winning and discipling souls for Christ. If this trend continues in America, then the church (as we know it) will cease to exist!

Please be in constant prayer (Colossians 4:2) for our pastors and leaders, and be intentional to build up the church, not tear it down (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Jude 1:20).

And pastor, if after reading this brief article can admit that you aren’t thriving in your ministry, please send our ministry an email at, and let me know how I can help you. Everything you share will be confidential. Thank you for your service to the Lord!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16