THANK YOU TOO EVERY PASTOR THAT LIVES FOR THE LORD and serves in our great state of Kansas.
October is Pastor appreciation month and I want to thank the many Pastors who have loved through it ALL.
 HERE are some stats for those who want to know why I PERSONALLY APPRECIATE EVERY PASTOR OUT THERE.
 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7.
 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now   because of what the church has done to their parents.
 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a “glass house” and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.
 23% of pastors report being distant to their family.
 78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.
 65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years.
 28% of pastors report having feelings of guilt for taking personal time off and not telling the church.
 35% of pastors report the demands of the church denies them from spending time with their family.
 24% of pastor’s families resent the church and its effect on their family.
 22% of pastor’s spouses reports the ministry places undue expectations on their family.
 66% of church members expect a minister and family to live at a higher moral standard than themselves.
 Moral values of a Christian is no different than those who consider themselves as non-Christians.
 The average American will tell 23 lies a day.
 53% of pastors report that the seminary did not prepare them for the ministry.
 90% of pastors report the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they   entered the ministry.
 45% of pastors spend 10-15 hours a week on sermon preparation.
 85% of pastors report the use of the internet and other resources have improved their study time compared to when   they first started their ministry.
 50% of pastors state they spend 1 hour in prayer each day.
 95% of pastors report not praying daily or regularly with their spouse.
 57% of pastors believe they do not receive a livable wage.
 57% of pastors being unable to pay their bills.
 53% of pastors are concerned about their future family financial security.
 75% of pastors report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses have felt unqualified and discouraged as role of pastors at least one or more   times in their ministry.
 52% of pastors feel overworked and cannot meet their church’s unrealistic expectations.
 54% of pastors find the role of a pastor overwhelming.
 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once in the last year.
 80% of pastors expect conflict within their church.
 75% of pastors report spending 4-5 hours a week in needless meetings.
 35% of pastors battle depression or fear of inadequacy.
 26% of pastors report being over fatigued.
 28% of pastors report they are spiritually undernourished.
 Over 50% of pastors state the biggest challenge is to recruit volunteers and encourage their members to change   (living closer to God’s Word).
 70% of pastors report they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
 70% of pastors do not have someone they consider to be a close friend.
 27% of pastors report not having anyone to turn to for help in a crisis situation.
 81% of pastors have been tempted to have inappropriate sexual thoughts or behavior with someone in the church but   have resisted.
 17% of pastors report inappropriately texting with a church member at sometime in their ministry.
 34% of pastors wrestle with the temptation of pornography or visits pornographic sites.
 57% of pastors feel fulfilled but yet discouraged, stressed, and fatigued.
 84% of pastors desire to have close fellowship with someone they can trust and confide with.
 Over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and do not exercise.
 The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.
 Many denominations are reporting an “Empty Pulpit Crisis”. They do not have a shortage of ministers but have a shortage of ministers desiring to fill the role of a pastor.
 71% of churches have no plan for a pastor to receive a periodic sabbatical.
 66% of churches have no lay counseling support.
 30% of churches have no documentation clearly outlining what the church expects of their pastor.
 1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a pastor.
 100% of Pastors are special people who selflessly sacrifice knowing 96% of their efforts are for an audience of ONE.   GOD.
 Love ya. PK & Missy.