Why Are So Many Pastors Committing Suicide?

suicidal-thoughtsIn another church tragedy, Isaac Hunter—the son of the spiritual adviser to President Obama—has reportedly taken his own life. Hunter’s death is making national headlines because of his megachurch father Pastor Joel Hunter’s influence on the White House, his marriage troubles and an undated suicide note found last year, but his death is far from the only pastoral suicide in recent months. Just days ago, a pastor who was grieving his dead wife reportedly shot himself in front of his mother and son, expressing that he was hearing his dead spouse’s voice and footsteps. Pastor Ed Montgomery and his late wife, prophetess Jackie Montgomery, served at the Full Gospel Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill. In November, a Georgia pastor killed himself in between Sunday services.

Larrinecia Sims Parker, wife of the Rev. Teddy Parker Jr., found the pastor in the driveway of their home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Houston County coroner Danny Galpin reports. Why the sudden rash of pastors committing suicide? Suicide is not a new problem among clergy, but three known suicides in less than two months begs a deeper look at the issue. There is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity—and none of them are good. According to the Schaeffer Institute, 70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression, and 71 percent are burned out. Meanwhile, 72 percent of pastors say they only study the Bible when they are preparing for sermons; 80 percent believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families; and 70 percent say they don’t have a close friend. More

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  3. I’m ok with female teachers in the churches, but I’m not with men nor women called a “Reverend” which means to “Reverence” the man or woman claiming that title, and our FATHER YHVH is The only One that we should “Reverence, Revear, or Fear. Right?

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  5. raspiration says:

    The church has left the simplicity in Jesus Christ. The yoke of Christ is light. Activity is not the same as productivity.
    Moses could have burned out had he not listened to his father-inlaws advice to delegate certain duties. GRACE &PEACE!

  6. Jerry Teague says:

    What I see nowadays is every sucessful Preacher’s son now is preaching and trying to be famous like daddy. These so called preachers are trying to create a family dynasty. The love of money is what? The root of evil. Chase money and we see where the problems come from. Seen many preacher sons become addicts then goes to pulpit. Too much dynasty preachers out there.

  7. CHURCH ATTACKED SPIRITUALLY, SUICIDES:
    CHURCH SPIRITUALLY ASSAULTED, ENDING IN MANY PASTORS COMMITTING SUICIDE. MOSES RETURNED THE CURSES TO THE SENDER, YET DESCRIBED THE “TERROR BY NIGHT” HE EXPERIENCED WHEN GOING INTO HIS TENT… AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, SO SHALL IT BE IN THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN, AND IN NOAH’S DAYS WERE MANY FALSE PROPHETS, WITCHCRAFT, AND THOSE PRACTICING THIS SENDING IT ON GOD’S PEOPLE. IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN, AND TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE, RETURN ALL CURSES AND FALSE PRAYERS BACK TO THE SENDER TO WORK AGAINST THEMSELVES.

    I FEEL IT IS DUE TO OUR CHURCH NOT KNOWING TO RETURN CURSES BACK ON THE SENDER IN JESUS NAME, AND THEIR IGNORANCE TO EVERY WICCAN AND NEW AGER IN TOWN BURNING CANDLES PUTTING CURSES ON THEM. IN TN THIS IS PREDOMINANT, AND THIS IS THE ‘BIBLE BELT.’ IT IS ALL THE WITCHCRAFT FROM THE WICCANS, NEW AGERS, AND NEO PAGAN GROUPS, NEW AGE BOOKSTORES, AND OCCULTISTS LIKE THE MASONS. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS. MOSES RETURNED IT! HE DISCUSSED HOW HE SUFFERED THE ‘TERROR BY NIGHT,’ FROM THEIR WITCHCRAFT, WHICH IS SATANISM BASICALLY. IT IS THE INABILITY TO DEAL WITH LIFE NOW, DUE TO NOT BEING TAUGHT THE WAY TO DEAL WITH THEM. RETURN THEIR FALSE PRAYERS AND WITCHCRAFT BACK TO THE SENDER TO WORK AGAINST THEMSELVES. BREAK IT OFF OF YOURSELVES AND YOUR CHURCH DAILY. IF THEY ARE DOING IT TO THEM, THEY WILL CURSE THEM MANY TIMES IN ONE DAY… IT IS AN ALL DAY LONG EVENT. WHEN MY X IN LAWS ADMITTED THEY WERE DOING WEIRD NEW AGE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES, I BEGAN TO NOTICE THEIR BEING UP AT EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING WHEN IN VISITING, AND SURE ENOUGH THEY WERE BURNING CANDLES. WICCANS DO NOT DISCLOSE THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS USUALLY… FINALLY MY X HUSBAND ADMITTED THAT ALL HIS FAMILY WAS PRACTICING WITCHCRAFT ON ME, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, THEY CAME OFF IN FRONT OF THE DIVORCE COURT AS LOOKING SO GOOD. THEY KNOW TO KEEP UP A GOOD FACE, BUT PRAY ABOUT IT. DAILY BREAK THE CURSES OFF OF YOURSELF AND YOUR MINISTRY, AND RETURN THEM TO THE SENDER…

  8. I FEEL IT IS DUE TO OUR CHURCH NOT KNOWING TO RETURN CURSES BACK ON THE SENDER IN JESUS NAME, AND THEIR IGNORANCE TO EVERY WICCAN AND NEW AGER IN TOWN BURNING CANDLES PUTTING CURSES ON THEM. IN TN THIS IS PREDOMINANT, AND THIS IS THE ‘BIBLE BELT.’ IT IS ALL THE WITCHCRAFT FROM THE WICCANS, NEW AGERS, AND NEO PAGAN GROUPS, NEW AGE BOOKSTORES, AND OCCULTISTS LIKE THE MASONS. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS. MOSES RETURNED IT! HE DISCUSSED HOW HE SUFFERED THE ‘TERROR BY NIGHT,’ FROM THEIR WITCHCRAFT, WHICH IS SATANISM BASICALLY. IT IS THE INABILITY TO DEAL WITH LIFE NOW, DUE TO NOT BEING TAUGHT THE WAY TO DEAL WITH THEM. RETURN THEIR FALSE PRAYERS AND WITCHCRAFT BACK TO THE SENDER TO WORK AGAINST THEMSELVES. BREAK IT OFF OF YOURSELVES AND YOUR CHURCH DAILY. IF THEY ARE DOING IT TO THEM, THEY WILL CURSE THEM MANY TIMES IN ONE DAY… IT IS AN ALL DAY LONG EVENT. WHEN MY X IN LAWS ADMITTED THEY WERE DOING WEIRD NEW AGE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES, I BEGAN TO NOTICE THEIR BEING UP AT EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING WHEN IN VISITING, AND SURE ENOUGH THEY WERE BURNING CANDLES. WICCANS DO NOT DISCLOSE THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS USUALLY… FINALLY MY X HUSBAND ADMITTED THAT ALL HIS FAMILY WAS PRACTICING WITCHCRAFT ON ME, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, THEY CAME OFF IN FRONT OF THE COURT AS LOOKING SO GOOD. THEY KNOW TO KEEP UP A GOOD FACE, BUT PRAY ABOUT IT. DAILY BREAK THE CURSES OFF OF YOURSELF AND YOUR MINISTRY, AND RETURN THEM TO THE SENDER…

  9. db says:

    my friend just told me of a dream she had in which 2.4 million lifeguards were committing suicide. I do interpret dreams. I told her I believe it is an attack on the body of Christ to have those of us who are lifeguards to a spiritually dying world, commit suicide. this needs intercession saints of God.

  10. Ugh…these are real people with real families. Stop the silly spiritual one-upmanship and show some compassion, sympathy and empathy for their families.

  11. Toni Adler says:

    These are dark days in the US for pastors. Too many churches are tolerating an spiritual impostor. One that masquerades as the Holy Spirit but is really a serpent. This serpent will suffocate faith and brings only superficial emotion. Where you find this serpent you will find adultery, depression and idolatry in abundance. “You will know them by their fruit.”

  12. Teresa Cole says:

    Pastors are men and all Men and Women are tempted in many different ways. We all fail at times and do something we wished we didn’t. Pastors need to understand that they are not going to be perfect 100% of the time because like their congregation they are in a fleshly body. I think why there is suicide among these pastors because they may be involved in sin to the point that their soul is literally at war between good and evil. Because of their ministry training they know it is wrong, probably more than the non minister. Then they realize they are the leader of a church and ultimately they think they cannot stop this sin or this sin was to bad and Satan leads them to believe God will not forgive them. I sometimes think some pastors are in the ministry thinking that is where they are suppose to be and maybe they find out that is not where they are suppose to be.

  13. Jackie says:

    Well Ms. Judith if you are a rev of a congregation that you aren’t following your calling either. It says in the NT that women aren’t supposed to teach in church. 1corinthians 14:34 and a host of others if you need them. You are in error just like all of these preachers who also weren’t called by the MOST HIGH

  14. deborah crowe says:

    u sure their committing suicide.. could be an elaborate ruse to make the church look fake.. i am so completely stunned at what people are doing as it is to try to destroy the church..

  15. TN Mamabear says:

    The problem is not the pastors. The problem is the church system itself. It was never ordained of God to spend so much money on buildings and properties, or to get so caught up in organized meetings throughout the week. The pastor can no longer just be a pastor. He has to be a counselor, a psychologist, a businessman, a diplomat, an architect, a public relations rep, a politician. All while church members mostly sit on their duff in ever more expensive pews in an ever more expensive environment to look good in front of the world. Church members, by the way, who expect the pastor to be at their beck and call 24 / 7, kissing their behinds, catering to them, because heaven help you if you offend a church member! From such comes huge church splits, and the pattern repeats. The church system of today bears absolutely no resemblance to what the founding fathers helped build, it has, in fact, become a tool of the enemy. There is no room for a move of the Holy Spirit, it might make church run over the allotted time slot for a sermon, and God forbid someone makes the congregation late for their Sunday dinner at Denny’s or Shoney”s, where they run the waitress ragged, are rude, treat her like dirt, and maybe leave her a quarter tip! The complete lack of compassion for these men of God shown on this very page in all the judgmental self righteous statements amply proves the points I make. Sorry for stepping on toes, but it is long past time the truth be spoken. I am one of millions who love God, love Jesus, but no longer participate in the psychotic, oppressive, unGodly ceremony called going to church, that is a sure way to become no more than a pharisee rather than a child of the living God. My heart goes out to these men and their families, they have given all to a bunch of people who are too busy judging them and demanding more to show even a shred of the love of Christ towards them. Shame on every one of you. Sign of the times? ….look in the mirror, beloved.

    • Joel Dumanon says:

      I humbly agree to your opinion and in fact the truth is a lot of churches today looking at their Pastors as “jack of all threads” 24/7. O Lord what is happening to your flocks.

    • Kim Boggs says:

      I DONT KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BUT I LOVE YOU! YOU HAVE SAID “EVERYTHING” CORRECTLY. MY HUSBAND IS A PASTOR, AND BELIEVE ME FROM OUR EXPERIENCE (YES OUR EXPERIENCE BECAUSE AS A PASTORS WIFE WE ARE DEFINITELY INVOLVED IN IT ALL) WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS TOTALLY TRUTH. GOD BLESS YOU. PLEASE KEEP PREACHING THE TRUTH, ESPECIALLY TO THE SHEEP, SO THEY WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IT REALLY IS, AND THAT IT NEEDS TO CHANGE! AGAIN, GOD MAY GOD BLESS YOU INTELLIGENT ONE!

    • Jeff Sherrod says:

      in agreement my friend.

  16. Osha Robinson says:

    Amen Lord we need you more than ever! This is sad another Pastor kills himself! We need to seek God more everyday.

  17. Let us set the table correctly here. The Calling of God begins with a continuing intimate and personal relationship with Him. In the Bible, O.T. and N.T. , there is not a recording of one who is called into ministry committing suicide. The Callings of God comes with the annointings and abilities to carry on in His Service. Of course there are times of lonliness and other attacks of the evil one but Greater is He that is in us than he that is in he world. Serving God is not a hardship. It only becomes a hardship when you are not called and you try to do it on your own. Jesus made us a promise that when we forsake ALL He will make it ALL worthwhile.

    Something is very wrong with your understanding and concept of this whole matter. Man can never destroy what God has instituted. It is in your world of fear that these things come into your thoughts. Serving God in the Ministry is a privilege not a downer.

    • AMEN!!! You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Well said Sister!

    • Mercy Mirata says:

      amen and amen..God bless you more and more sister Judith.

    • Kim Boggs says:

      YES SERVING GOD IS NEVER A DOWNER, BUT PEOPLE CAN MAKE IT HELL FOR A PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY ESPECIALLY WITH THEIR OWN SELF RIGHTEOUS SPIRITS, THEY NEED TO GET RE SAVED IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT. MOST IN MY OPINION NEED TO REALLY GET SAVED TO BEGIN WITH. WHEN A PERSON IS SAVED THE BIBLE SAYS “YOU KNOW YOU HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE BRETHERN, (BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST) AND YOU SHOULD ALSO HAVE COMPASSION FOR THE SINNERS AS WELL. WHERE IS THE LOVE. MAYBE IT IS JUST THIS. LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS INN THE LAST DAYS THE LOVE OF MANY WILL WAX COLD BECAUSE INIQUITY ABOUNDS. PEOPLE NEED TO GET THEIR LIVES STRAIGHT.

  18. There is a huge difference between Pastors who are called by GOD to preach the gospel and those who chose to be a pastor and fake the anointing that must be present in their lives in order to do Gods will. A minister, preacher, pastor must be called by GOD. PERHAPS THIS FACT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE PROBLEM. No man can do the job of Preacher least he be called.

    • Andrea says:

      You are 100% correct!! Also, the one who said he heard his deceased wife’s voice and footsteps, he clearly didn’t know the word of God as he should have. What he heard was nothing more than the demons impersonating his wife! Ghosts are nothing more than familiar spirits (demons) that are used to deceive people into thinking they are the dead loved one. Scripture is very clear that the dead cannot communicate with the living! I’ve example is the rich man who begged to be able to warn his five brothers that Hell is real, he was denied! God forbids anyone to even try to talk to the dead through necromancers and the like. It’s a shame, he should have known what was tormenting him as a man of God.

    • I absolutely agree. I also wonder if some are not able to deal with their own sin. Some leading sort of a double life.

    • Dezsi {Deseree} Russouw says:

      Unless a man is truly called and anointed by YHVH to be a pastor he cannot do the work of a pastor, many do not study the word of YHVH and prove themselves worthy, many are spiritually loss because of lack of knowledge and the promises that YHVH gives to us through HIS word, so many are not baptized with the Holy Spirit as is found in Act 2 and lack the true anointing of YHVH in their lives and nothing can be done except through YESHUA as the Messiah.

  19. Lisa says:

    Satan is becoming more active. His time is short… He’s going for the throat more and more. Get closer to God, people!

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