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  • Eric Hoey is the Director of Evangelism and Church Growth for the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He hopes to build a culture of faith sharing among individuals in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who have a passion for church growth. This blog considers what the gospel asks of the church in the 21st century.
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August 25, 2010



"You have seen the statistics that only 80% of pastors pray less than 15 minutes a day. "

I haven't seen the statistics, so forgive my clarifying question. Are you saying that only 80% of pastors pray as much as "less than 15 minutes a day"? Because that would indeed be a bad (yet believable) statistic.

But if you're telling me that 80% of pastors pray 15 minutes a day or more... well, I don't know what I'd make of that, since it implies that many of those 80% would be praying even more, and that's not a bad thing at all.

Eric Hoey

Hi Mark,

I quoted that because I have heard it a few times. You made me go back to verify. I stand CORRECTED! According to Grey Matter Research, the average Protestant minister prays 39 minutes a day. Our own research says a typical PC(USA) pastor spends about four hours a week in prayer and devotions. I wish I verified my stats before I made my argument.

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Does that prayer time include the nearly constant muttering that pastors often engage in when dealing with those who know how to do the job better than they?

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It's the power of a prayer that came in the heart.

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