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Michael Butler

Pastor Stress Statistics

By Michael Butler
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17 Nov, 2014
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As we come into an era of a new Pastor, consider what I read this week:
Pastor stress today is enormous. The expectations that people put on their pastors today – and that pastors put on
themselves – are debilitating. Everywhere pastors go they are expected to be “on” – ready to give stellar leadership, unending compassion, an inspiring message, anointed prayer, or words of encouragement.

Yet, like anyone else – perhaps more so because of the nature of their work and the expectations people have for them -
may become overstressed, depressed, or caught in compulsive and sinful behaviour. Or they may find themselves feeling spiritually dry, tired of ministry, angry at God, stuck in their spiritual life, or burned out.

In a Schaeffer Institute study of 1,050 Reformed and Evangelical pastors every pastor said they had a colleague or seminary friend who had left their ministry because of burnout, church conflict, or moral failure. All 1,050 pastors had at least one fallen comrade!
Some statistics on Pastors´ Ministry Stress:
o 75% report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed”
o 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week
o 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week
o 70% say they´re grossly underpaid
o 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month
o 78% were forced to resign and 63% at least twice, most commonly because of church conflict

Let us therefore do our best as a church to encourage, support and pray for our new Pastor.

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Calendar

Nov

29

The Church’s Christmas Craft Market is on again. If you would like to have a table or to be involved please contact Dianne Whitby Ph. 33763083 or email pwhitby2@bigpond.com
Another artist is showing her paintings. We have a children’s book author plus handmade crafts and plants. There will also be jewelry, photography and of course lots of cakes and sweets. All welcome.

  • Where Moore Park Church Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268; Dianne Whitby: 3376 3083
  • Time 8.00am - 12.30pm

Nov

30

There will be a combined service on Sunday 30th November at 9am. We will welcome our new Pastor John Moore and wife Camille, as well as celebrate the official separation of the Bellbowrie Church Plant whose members have been invited to join us. All welcome to join us on this special morning.

  • Where Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268
  • Time 9.00am

Nov

30

The Annual General Meeting of Moore Park Baptist Church will be held in the Church at 2pm on Sunday 30 November 2014. The agenda will be posted on the church notice board. Nominations are being sought for Elders, Deacons and ministry leaders.

  • Where Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268
  • Time 2.00pm

Dec

3

The Evergreens will join with the Ladies Craft Group for a Christmas Break-Up on Wednesday 3rd December at 9.30 am for High Tea. Provided the weather is good this will be held in the front of the Church Office, otherwise in the Church Hall. Hope to see you there.
For further information contact: Marj 33784148

  • Where Indooroopilly
  • Contact Marj: 3378 4148
  • Time 9.30am

Dec

30

Our Service times are Sundays 8am, 10am and 5pm. Our Bellbowrie congregation meets at 9.30am only on Sundays in the Moggill State School Hall, 3417 Moggill Road.

Please note there will be a COMBINED SERVICE on SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER at 9am (that is no 8am and 10am service. 5pm service as usual). All welcome.

If you would like any further information or would like to talk to one of our Pastors, please contact the Church Office by phone (3878 4268) or email (office@moorepark.org.au).

  • Where 80 Taringa Parade, Indooroopilly
  • Contact Church office 38784268
  • Time 8am, 10am, 5pm

Sep

17

THE SHORT TERM TEAM TO GRACE CENTRE, ETHIOPIA THAT WAS PLANNED FOR DEC-JAN HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND IS NOW PLANNED FOR AUG-SEP 2015

The Grace Centre in Bahir Dar, is a God-led sanctuary for families struggling with the challenges of poverty, illness and single parenting in rural Ethiopia. It provides free Childcare, healthcare; before and after school care including meals, uniforms and tutoring for families in need; literacy, numeracy and training; counseling, mentoring and support; transitional care and reunification.

There may also be the opportunity to stay in Thailand and visit the Callows family on out return trip.
If you are interested in learning more about the short-term trip and/or supporting the Grace Centre please contact Leith or Rob Harding. Email: l.harding@qut.edu.au

  • Where Ethiopia
  • Contact Church office: 3878 4268; Leith or Rob Harding 0410557721
  • Time