April 16, 2010
We welcome Dr. W. Mark Elliott to Transformed today. Mark is the author of Confessions of an Insignificant Pastor. He is a veteran pastor of twenty-seven years and has served churches as small as three and as large as six thousand. Mark has ministered in twelve countries and enjoys speaking to gatherings of pastors.
Being a pastor these days is difficult. Look at these statistics:
- Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month!
- 80% of ministers feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
- 80% of new pastors will leave the ministry within their first five years!
- 80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession and feel their ministry spouse is overworked.
- 70% of pastors constantly battle with depression!
- 50% of ministers would leave the ministry if they had another way of earning an income!
- 85-90% of pastors said their greatest problem is dealing with problem people and disgruntled people.
Dr. Elliott has two Masters Degrees and an earned Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. Mark grew up in the rolling hills and cave country of southern Indiana and is a self-confessed sports maniac! Mark and Claudette have four children and reside inn Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Mark, order the book and contact him here: at his website.
“Risky business is writing a book like this one! If you think a prophet speaking truth to power is high-risk, listen here to a prophet who, by telling the truth to a church in power-failure, speaks power to truth. I loved this book!”
~ Dr. Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, http://www.Sermons.com