The Barna Group is in the midst of a two-year project in partnership with Pepperdine University to research the needs, challenges, and overall wellbeing of today's pastors. What we have found thus far is a mixed bag of good and not-so-good news. The full report won't be released until mid-2016, but here is a sneak peak of the findings.
Family wellbeing. Two-thirds of married pastors say they are "very satisfied" with their relationship with their spouse. Most pastors who are parents report that they are very satisfied with their relationship with their kids. Still, one-quarter of today's Protestant pastors say they've had significant marital problems or major parenting difficulties.
Financial wellbeing. Most pastors say they are in good shape financially. Nearly three-quarters have "more than enough" money to meet their family's needs. About the same number say they have a trustworthy person to whom they can turn for financial advice and that they ...1