The 1 percent: Why so few pastors quit a 'brutal job'
Though pastors are stressed by overwhelming ministry demands and low salaries, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year. In a first-of-its-kind study, LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate 10 years later for reasons other than death or retirement. "Pastors are not leaving the ministry in droves," said vice president Scott McConnell.
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