Standing Stone's Mission is to significantly reduce the number of pastors and ministry leaders leaving their ministries prematurely with this three-pronged approach:
58% of pastors feel seminary had not prepared them for ministry tasks.
Pastors feel pressured to be the best at everything they do. They are expected to bring an inspired message every week, oversee church finances, staff, facilities, worship service, organize and implement community outreach programs, manage volunteers, and counsel the broken hearted. Pastors can't live up to these unrealistic expectations.
65% of pastors feel their family lives in a glass house and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.
Although many pastors accept they will be criticized from time to time, a large number battle feelings of resentment when that criticism goes beyond normal work situations into their personal family life. Ministry families hate being in a glass house and often leave the ministry because of it.
58% of pastors feel they do not have any good, true friends.
When ministry leaders have shared their personal issues and struggles with friends, many have experienced painful retributions. Some have been the subject of gossip and have even been fired from their ministry position. It is risky to share their problems with others; consequently, they avoid getting too close to people.
*Reference cited: Statistics on Pastors: 2016 Updated. Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development
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