Thanks to the Friendly Atheist, I was introduced to this post. You and I, readers, know that people who leave the church often leave for very good reasons. But this post made me think, what about pastors? Pastor “burnout” is a pretty frequent topics, with books and blogs written to explain why it happens and how to prevent it. The common statistic being 75% of pastors burnout.
After going through everything I’m going through, I very seriously wonder what percentage of pastors who “burnout” are actually leaving the ministry because they became agnostic or atheists? How many of my friends and colleagues left the ministry for the exact same reason I will be leaving?
Christians, I understand your panic. As you see numbers drop in church attendance and fewer and fewer people self-identify as Christian, you fear the flames of Christ are being snuffed out by idolatry and ignorance and you frantically search for reasons as to why anyone would leave the church and its savior. There has been no shortage of articles trying to explain why people are leaving:
You’ve got to stop this; you’ve got to stop trying to explain away why people are leaving the church in droves.
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