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What is Happening To Pastors?

By: Dennis Fuqua
Executive Director of International Renewal Ministries
(www.prayersummits.net)

Here are some startling statistics on pastors accumulated over 18 years from Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development, George Barna, Focus on the Family and Fuller Seminary:

Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
Eighty percent of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastor.
Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but they have no other way of making a living.
Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons

Whoa!  What’s happening to pastors?

Tucson’s second annual Pastor’s Prayer Summit is one opportunity for pastors, across denominational, racial, and generational lines, to get away for four days with no scripts, no agendas, no formal teaching times – just pure spiritual renewal and a focus on Jesus.

Last March, 21 pastors from Tucson got away for four days to simply laugh together, pray together, confess together, cry together, repent together, and sing together.  We learned about each other and we learned from each other.  We bore one another’s burdens and we rejoiced with a deep sense of awe in how God wanted each of us to work together to see His purpose accomplished in our city.

About 20 years ago, Prayer Summits were born in the heart of Dr. Joe Aldrich who was the President of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon.  The question he often asked was, “What would it take to see a move of God initiated and sustained in a city?”  Aldrich wrote, “While no two revivals are alike, they do share some common elements…  As I have observed God working in dozens of Prayer Summits, (certain) phases normally have been present…  The flow of God’s grace begins with a fresh revelation of His holiness.  Holiness produces humility.  Humility is the precursor to unity.  When unity is present, the city-wide church can be a community (koinonia).  Where there is community, there is impact.”

The desired end result of a Pastor’s Prayer Summit is greater love for the Savior, greater love for the other spiritual leaders in the city, greater love for all the saints, and greater love for those not yet in God’s family.
Because of the impact of that first Pastor’s Prayer Summit, a second one has been scheduled for March 8-11.  You can see all the details at http://www.tucsonprayersummit.com.  The Prayer Summit is supported by many pastors from several denominations and 4 Tucson.

To keep from becoming a statistic, encourage your pastor to participate. Perhaps when you are thanking him for the sermon he preaches next Sunday, you could also ask if he will be attending this year’s Pastor’s Prayer Summit.  You could write him a note of appreciation and include the Prayer Summit web address, suggesting he take a look at it.  You could go together with a few of your church friends and pay his registration fee (which is just $180.00 for the entire four day summit).  Or you could give him a twenty dollar bill and mention you would be honored to pay the first twenty dollars of his registration.

Encourage the spiritual leaders you know to get away together with other pastors to listen to God’s voice, to renew and refresh their vision for their ministry and their church.  Attending the Prayer Summit will be one of the best choices any pastor will make this year.
WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

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February 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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