27 June 2014

Aussie Clergy Family Statistics

I'm sad to say there is an extreme lack of statistics or information (apart from anecdotal stories) relating to how ministry affects pastors' spouses and children. A group in Australia called John Mark Ministries have preliminary information on pastors and their spouses. They state that 40% of Australian pastors experience burnout and 47% of their spouses experience burnout too - higher in their partners! But I'm into week 4 of research and cannot find information on their children at all.

That's where I need your help. I believe churches in Australia want, and ought, to know how their clergy families are going in ministry. There should be current information out there about this group and I want to use all the resources possible to turn these individual stories into part of a bigger picture, one that helps us learn the truth (good and bad) and make any changes that might need to be made so these people are loved, nurtured and looked after while they do ministry across Australia. Contact me at clergyfamiliesau@gmail.com.