The decline of Christianity (in the U.S.A.)

This isn’t meant to take stabs. I’m also not taking direct sides. I’m pausing for a moment on an observation.

When I was young churches were pretty influential. A lot of peoples lives included time for faith. Today, not so much.

I came across a set of statistics that I found interesting. I suspect the focus is mostly on Protestant and Evangelical circles. While I can’t confirm their accuracy, I don’t think they’re a surprise.

A couple of the highlights, The average American will tell 23 lies a day, and The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.

  • 90% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • 95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.
  • 33% state that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
  • 75% report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged as role of pastors.
  • 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
  • 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
  • 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
  • 70% say they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • 33% confess having involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church.
  • 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
  • 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
  • 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years.
  • 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form.
  • 94% of clergy families feel the pressures of the pastor’s ministry.
  • 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
  • 80% spouses feel left out and underappreciated by church members.
  • 80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose a different
    profession.
  • 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.
  • The profession of “Pastor” is near the bottom of a survey of the most-respected professions, just above “car salesman”.
  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
  • Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month , many without cause.
  • Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

Source:

http://pastoralcareinc.com/WhyPastoralCare/Statistics.php

About these ads
This entry was posted in Bible and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The decline of Christianity (in the U.S.A.)

  1. Well I just got back from church and am settling into my couch to watch a little play off football. I respect all religions as well as an individuals own spirituality. I will say this, I know in my heart that we all can be better neighbors, friends and human beings. That goes for me more then most.

    I will also say that there are some folks who never attended church and are more Christian then others that claim to be and attend church every Sunday. When it comes to matters of religion I endeavor to only worry about me and my family. I am open to discussing the subject with any that are interested but I refuse to judge others actions and religious philosophies. My wish is that all can feel the warm embrace of their creator.

    Without sounding crazy, I must proclaim that even know I do go to church every Sunday, I feel most spiritually blessed while riding my motorcycle. The feeling I get on my motorcycle just makes me feel closer to god. Well maybe just saying that will get me a quick trip to hell but that is how I feel Anyway great thought for the day and I am grateful for your post. Go Broncos!!!

    • nwroadrat says:

      Without sounding crazy, I must proclaim that even know I do go to church every Sunday, I feel most spiritually blessed while riding my motorcycle. The feeling I get on my motorcycle just makes me feel closer to god.

      Not crazy at all. Considering a next crash could be my last. I do too. :shock:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s