Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Staggering Statistics

No one wants to become a statistic, particularly when it comes to church conflict. As a worksheet in our new discipleship book "Winning The Real Battle At Church" shows, congregations across America are rife with conflict. For example...

Congregational Conflict

More than 19,000 congregations experience major conflict every year.

25% of the churches in one survey reported conflict in the previous five years that was serious enough to have a lasting impact on congregational life.

Only 2% of church conflict involves doctrinal issues.

98% of church conflict involves interpersonal issues.

Control issues ranked as the most common cause of conflict (85%)

About 40% of church members who leave their churches do so because of conflict.

Very small numbers (16%) of churches report positive outcomes from conflict.

Toll of Conflict on Pastors

The average pastoral career lasts only 14 years - less than half of what it was not long ago.

1,500 pastors leave their assignments every month in the United States because of conflict, burnout or moral failure.

45% of the pastors terminated in one denomination left the ministry altogether.

34% of all pastors presently serve congregations that forced their previous pastor to resign.

(see page 171 of "Winning The Real Battle At Church" for documentation)

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