A Crisis and a Response
Recent research shows that many students who train for the ministry leave the ministry within their first five years of service. Some of the most frequent reasons cited by ministers who leave the vocational ministry include financial stress and conflict within the church. A 2015 LifeWay Research study revealed that 80 percent of ministers interviewed expect conflict in their church, 54 percent find the role of minister frequently overwhelming, 48 percent often feel the demands of ministry are more than they can handle, and 21 percent believe their church has unrealistic expectations of them (Pastor Protection Research Study, LifeWay Research, 2015). Knowing that God’s plan has always been to transform people and societies through the church (see Ephesians 3:10), the need to equip, encourage, and sustain those called into ministry is of paramount importance.
Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, understands the positive impact ministers of the gospel and the churches they serve have on the health and stability of communities. To this end, Lilly Endowment Inc. has partnered with the Center for Church Leadership in Cincinnati, Ohio to address this ministerial crisis within our congregations.
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