American Pastors feel lonelier, more isolated than ever

A new study from the Barna Group shows that American pastors feel lonelier and more isolated than ever.

In 2022, 65 percent of pastors reported feelings of loneliness, compared to 42 percent in 2015, CBN News reports.

Pastors also said that just 49 percent felt “well-supported” by people close to them. In 2015, that number was 68 percent.

Also, just 35 percent of pastors reported receiving monthly spiritual support from a network of peers or a mentor.

In its report, Barna said that “a course correction is needed” to support pastors.

“These relationships do not flourish by accident,” Dr. Glenn Packiam, Barna senior fellow and pastor, said. “They require attention and intentionality…Life is too full of the demands of ministry, the chaos of kids’ activities, and the many unpredictable events for us to just hope that meaningful connection will just happen.”

He added, “Anything worth having is worth pursuing. The chase for deep friendships and intimate relationships is a lifelong quest. But it can begin today. If we really want to last in ministry, if we want to emerge from this as truly and fully human beings, then we must take seriously the human vocation of loving well.”

At home, pastors say they connect with their family, with two in five pastors (41 percent) saying they practice the sabbath with their family and 77 percent saying they spend uninterrupted time with their children, and 24 percent going on a date with their spouse.

The data comes after another survey from Lifeway Research, which showed that 75 percent of pastors say they are “extremely stressed.”

“Pastors who are bucking the trend toward burnout tend to portray a strong connection with others around them, a flourishing connection with God, and a sense of optimism about the future of the Church. They are energized by their jobs, feel well supported by the people in their lives, and generally satisfied with their mental, emotional, and spiritual health,” Packiam said.


  1. Hey very nice web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also? I am satisfied to find so many useful information here in the publish, we’d like develop more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  2. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

  3. I am extremely inspired with your writing talents and alsosmartly as with the layout for your blog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself? Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..

  4. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  5. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  6. Hey There. I found your blog the use of msn. This is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  7. Howdy terrific blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a great deal of work? I have no expertise in computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic but I just had to ask. Thank you!

  8. Howdy I am so grateful I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the superb job.

  9. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal. I must say you have done a excellent job with this. Additionally, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Internet explorer. Superb Blog!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here



Related Articles