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Restoration Movement preachers do not have an adequate support network.

Perhaps it’s not a unique phenomenon to RM Churches. I wonder out loud if preachers in general have this challenge.

Restoration Movement Preachers Need More Friends

If I were to ask you – “How many close friends do you have?” or “How many good friends do you have?” how would you reply?

I took a poll of 2500+ Restoration Movement Preachers and 6700+ Restoration Movement members. I prefaced my question with:

“The best data suggest the ideal relational network is 4-5 close and supportive friendships and at least 12 (but not more than 15) relationships with people we consider good friends.?

How Many Friends Do You Have?

Q:  

How many close friends do you have? How many good friends do you have?

A:

  • Less than 10% of Restoration Movement Preachers can claim an adequate friendship support network.
  • Stated differently – More than 90% of Restoration Movement Preachers do NOT have an adequate support network.
  • Nearly 10% have no good nor close friends.
RM Preachers Lack Close Friends

RM Preachers Lack Close Friends

And …

RM Preachers Lack Close Friends

RM Preachers Lack Close Friends

A Problem in Need of a Solution

The church needs to rethink how that guy/gal up front is spending their down time and who with.

Perhaps the guy/gal up front needs to rethink their transparency policy as well.

I don’t know the answer. Do you?