Survey: US pastors reveal their ‘greatest needs’ in ministry

Lifeway Research surveyed 1,000 U.S. pastors to discover what they see as their ‘most pressing issues’. Some of the findings: Three in 4 pastors (75%) in the US say they would be interested in getting advice or guidance on the issues they are facing from other pastors who have already been through those problems. “The pre-existing challenges of ministry were amplified by COVID, and it’s important we lean in and listen closely to (our) pastors,” said Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway Christian Resources.

More details about the survey”

Of the 44 needs identified by pastors and included in the study, 17 were selected by a majority as an issue they need to address.

Developing leaders and volunteers: 77%

Fostering connections with unchurched people: 76%

People’s apathy or lack of commitment: 75%

Consistency in personal prayer: 72%

Friendships and fellowship with others: 69%

Training current leaders and volunteers: 68%

Consistency of Bible reading not related to sermon or teaching preparation: 68%

Trusting God: 66%

Relationships with other pastors: 64%

Consistency in taking a Sabbath: 64%

Stress: 63%

Personal disciple making: 63%

Confessing and repenting from personal sin: 61%

Consistency exercising: 59%

Avoiding overcommitment and over-work: 55%

Challenging people where they lack obedience: 55%

Time management: 51%


The single greatest need requiring their attention…

People’s apathy or lack of commitment: 10%

Personal disciple making: 9%

Fostering connections with unchurched people: 8%

Developing leaders and volunteers: 7%

Establishing a compelling vision: 5%

Technology: 4%

Consistency in personal prayer: 4%


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