I hope you had a fantastic weekend! This week I want to ask you to join me in prayer for the pastoral team at Harvest. I have the privilege of leading a great team of leaders. Our pastors possess a wide array of gifts, talents, and experiences. Our team works tirelessly to meet the needs at our church and create opportunities for the people in our region to find and follow Jesus.
With that in mind, pastoring is an extremely difficult job. Check out some of these statistics that I came across this morning:
72 percent of the pastors’ report working between 55 to 75 hours per week
84 percent of pastors feel like they are ‘on-call’ 24/7
80 percent of pastors believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families
35 percent of pastors’ battle with depression or fear of inadequacy
1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a pastor
These stats represent a national polling of pastors, not the Harvest team, but nevertheless they challenged me to be sure to pray more intentionally for the pastors on our team and the other pastors I know.
The best days for Harvest are ahead of us, so let’s be diligent in prayer. Prayer still works, and God wants to see the lives of the people in our region impacted for eternity even more than we do!
Have a great week and thanks for partnering with me in prayer.