Rocky Ramsey and James Davis are the pastors of two vibrant churches in East Tennessee, but they have a confession to make. They admit their job is a calling, but the strain can be enormous. “A lot of pastors like was, become workaholics,” said Ramsey “I didn’t know but one way and that’s full steam ahead,” said Davis.
One survey says 1,500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict or more failure. Part of it is a feeling of being all things to all people, pastor, friend, counselor and putting him or herself into a box of “have to’s.” There’s even a website, to help pastor’s who feel they’re at the end of their rope, called pastorburnout.
The website says 70% of pastors say they don’t have close friends. 90% of pastors work more than 50 hours a week. Ramsey says, “Right behavior is balance so he has to have balance between work and home and things that blow wind back into his own sails.”