|With Kenyan and Ugandan pastors in Eldoret, Kenya|
One of my Payne Theological Seminary students emailed me the following question: "You mentioned in our Spiritual Formation class that 80-90% of pastors and Christian leaders do not have a significant prayer life. Where do you get that figure from?" My response is this.
This figure is from my own teaching and experience with pastors and Christian leaders. I have not formally documented it.
My estimate, as a result of teaching almost 3000 pastors and Christian leaders courses on prayer and spiritual formation beginning in 1977, is that 80% of North American and European (Westernized) pastors and Christian leaders do not have a significant prayer life.
I define "significant prayer life" as: the kind of prayer life Jesus had, which includes Jesus' habitual or customary praying, as seen in, e.g., Luke 22:39 ff.: