Statistics


On our HOME page you watched a slideshow presentation of statistics that are relevant to DESPERATELY DEPENDENT COMMUNITY. Here you will find more information and links documenting these assertions.

 

Are these statistics proof that Christianity

makes no significant difference to well-being?

Even Christian ministers and workers fail to recognize God’s plan to complete their lives. Our heavenly Father has designed us for a relationship that is desperately dependent on Jesus. Only when we embrace this relationship will we find satisfaction and a way to fill the void in our hearts. Otherwise we choose God substitutes that serve as indicators that something is missing. As we submit to His purpose of transforming us into the image of Christ, we will experience His promised fruit, including love, joy and peace. But when our own agenda dominates, we make a mockery of Christianity.

Desperately Dependent Community: Are these statistics proof that Christianity makes no significant difference to well-being?
2016 Chattanooga, TN, ranks No. 1, according to American Bible Society’s study, America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities. The recognition marks the second time in three years Chattanooga has taken home the top spot.Desperately Dependent Community: Chattanooga, TN listed #1 of America’s most Bible-minded cities.
Gallup released a 2013 analysis of the top 189 U.S. metro areas to report that Chattanooga, TN is among the 10 most unhappy metro areas in the United States. Read the details HERE. How is it that Chattanooga can be America’s Most Bible Minded City and rank in the most unhappy at the same time? Do we merely know about the Bible without being directed by the God of the Bible? What difference is there in your life because you say you are a Christian? Have you realized that you cannot successfully live independently from Jesus? Have you discovered His divine enablement that produces personal empowerment? Christ wants to be relevant to every area of your life. Will you let Him?

Desperately Dependent Community: Chattanooga, TN among the 10 most unhappy metro areas in U.S.
23% of the pastors surveyed said they felt happy and content on a regular basis with who they are in Christ, in their church, and in their home. Did you notice it is ONLY 23%? Why do so few pastors feel happy and content on a regular basis? Can it be that we are so busy with God’s business that we ignore His work in our lives?

Compiled by Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development from 1050 pastors who were surveyed from two pastor’s conferences held in California in 2005 and 2006.

Desperately Dependent Community: 23% of pastors felt happy and content on a regular basis.
71% of pastors stated they were burned out, and they battle depression beyond fatigue on a weekly and even a daily basis.

Compiled by Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development from 1050 pastors who were surveyed from two pastor’s conferences held in California in 2005 and 2006.

Desperately Dependent Community: 71% of pastors burned out and battle depression.
77% of the pastors we surveyed felt they did not have a good marriage.

Compiled by Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development from 1050 pastors who were surveyed from two pastor’s conferences held in California in 2005 and 2006.

Desperately Dependent Community: 77% of pastors felt they did not have good marriage.
Almost 40% of pastors polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.

The Shaeffer Institute distilled research from Barna, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary, all of which backed up their findings, and with additional information from reviewing others’ research.

Desperately Dependent Community: Almost 40% of pastors polled had extra-marital affair.
54% of the pastors had viewed internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days. This statistic was gleaned In March of 2002 by Rick Warren’s (author of the Purpose Driven life) Pastors.com website. They conducted a survey on porn use of 1351 pastors.

In his book, Men’s Secret Wars, Patrick Means reveals a confidential survey of evangelical pastors and church lay leaders. 64% of these Christian leaders confirm that they are struggling with sexual addiction or sexual compulsion including, but not limited to use of pornography, compulsive masturbation, or other secret sexual activity.

Desperately Dependent Community: 54% of pastors had viewed internet pornography in last year.
Most statistics say that 60% to 80% of those who enter the ministry will not still be in it 10 years later, and only a fraction will stay in it as a lifetime career.

The Shaeffer Institute distilled research from Barna, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary, all of which backed up their findings, and with additional information from reviewing others’ research. You can find more information HERE.

Desperately Dependent Community: 60%-80% who enter ministry will not still be in it 10 years later.
The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

Mark Driscoll mentioned this statistic in a message entitled “Death by Ministry,” but he is not the only one who quoted this. It is also quoted in the Ministry Wives Resource Center.

Desperately Dependent Community: Wives: "Most destructive family event - day we entered ministry."
80% of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression. Jeffery Davis published this quote in his book “Committed to the Call” © Jan. 30, 2006. This article posted the same list of statistics dated Nov. 2002.

Desperately Dependent Community: 80% of adult children of pastors seek help for depression.
The New York Times published an article on August 8, 2010 stating:

The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.

Desperately Dependent Community: Clergy suffer obesity, hypertension, and depression more that most.
The New York Times published an article on August 8, 2010 stating:

The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.

Desperately Dependent Community: Life expectancy of clergy has fallen in last decade.
34% of Christians feel called to the work they currently do (among those who are presently employed). Read more about it HERE.

Desperately Dependent Community: 34% of Christians feel called to the work they currently do.
Only 5% of people who describe themselves as Christian and involved in a church indicated that their church does anything to hold them accountable for integrating biblical beliefs and principles into their life. Read more about this HERE.

Desperately Dependent Community: Only 5% of Christians say their church holds them accountable.

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