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Old Apr 11, '07, 10:52 pm
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Default Divorce rates among Protestant Ministers

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any studies examining the divorce rate among Protestant Ministers.

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Old Apr 11, '07, 11:08 pm
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Coincidentally I had noticed this blurb on the divorce rates of protestant ministers earlier tonight:

A 1997-AUG survey by Barna among 601 senior Protestant pastors revealed that the vast majority are married (95%). Only 13% have ever gone through a divorce. This is about half of the rate among the general population. "Just 3% of all current senior pastors are divorced and have not remarried."


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Old Apr 11, '07, 11:16 pm
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interesting. Thanks for your post!
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interesting. Thanks for your post!
That is a survey taken 10 years ago .....We need a new survey... Trust me,, I think the end result would be different.
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That is a survey taken 10 years ago .....We need a new survey... Trust me,, I think the end result would be different.
Not only that but it was of "senior pastors" - those who have passed the test of time as a Pastor as well as in Marriage. In other words, they would not have been "called" by a congregation if they had been divorced thus ending their careers earlier as Pastors (you know, no congregation wants you as their pastor so you can't be one and must find a different line of work.)

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Divorce unfortunately is everywhere. Even among the Catholics, I would love to know that statistic.
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Old May 26, '07, 5:01 pm
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Believe me, you can find certain rates of immorality among any group whether Protestant or Catholic. For Protestants maybe there is a high divorce rate...among Catholics you would find the same thing....a high rate of Protestants use birth control...same with the Catholics....the list could go on and on.

For every problem you find with Protestant pastors I am pretty sure you could find moral problems with our priests.
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I'm wondering if anyone knows of any studies examining the divorce rate among Protestant Ministers.

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My parish priest about a month ago, discussed this, and said they are 'the highest group' of all people who divorce. I found that astounding.
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My parish priest about a month ago, discussed this, and said they are 'the highest group' of all people who divorce. I found that astounding.
Did you ask him where the figures came from? Only I think he's being misleading. There are divorces, but remember, Protestants don't have annulments, and, of the three ministers I know of who've had divorces, two would have been eligible for annulments. I also hope any discussion of this would also reflect on the moral failings of all clergy - otherwise it seems the discussion would be not quite living up to the message of Matt 7:5.
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Did you ask him where the figures came from? Only I think he's being misleading. There are divorces, but remember, Protestants don't have annulments, and, of the three ministers I know of who've had divorces, two would have been eligible for annulments. I also hope any discussion of this would also reflect on the moral failings of all clergy - otherwise it seems the discussion would be not quite living up to the message of Matt 7:5.
I think the context of which he meant it in, from the vantage point of a priest...is to show why Jesus would have instituted the priesthood over having leaders of the Church allow to marry. I think that's where he was coming from. Just in speaking about divorces...not annulments....regardless, they are not staying together....that was the main point. And, his conveying of this wasn't saying that he as a clergyman doesn't have his own problems, and sins....he was more I think comparing the divorce rates of Protestant ministers as a reason why God would have wanted priests...men married to the Church, so to speak.

Hope that clarifies what I was saying...thanks for your reply.
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I think the context of which he meant it in, from the vantage point of a priest...is to show why Jesus would have instituted the priesthood over having leaders of the Church allow to marry. I think that's where he was coming from. Just in speaking about divorces...not annulments....regardless, they are not staying together....that was the main point. And, his conveying of this wasn't saying that he as a clergyman doesn't have his own problems, and sins....he was more I think comparing the divorce rates of Protestant ministers as a reason why God would have wanted priests...men married to the Church, so to speak.

Hope that clarifies what I was saying...thanks for your reply.
I don't think the reasoning here makes sense since even Saint Peter was married.
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I don't think the reasoning here makes sense since even Saint Peter was married.
Saint Peter was married but was his wife still alive when he was chosen by Jesus to follow him?
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I don't think the reasoning here makes sense since even Saint Peter was married.
He left her behind. It might have been easier for him/her...had he not been married to begin with. Jesus didn't ask her to join them during their ministry...I'm assuming she had to be left behind then. I have always thought that interesting, that Jesus did select a married man though.
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Saint Peter was married but was his wife still alive when he was chosen by Jesus to follow him?
I thought she was living, but you could be right, Hell!!
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I thought she was living, but you could be right, Hell!!
We have NO evidence in the Holy Scriptures that indicate she was living. None. His mother in law is mentioned. NO mention of a wife doing anything with Peter, or any one else for that matter. not one mention.
Also, no mention of Peter leaving a wife.
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