KMBC Graduates are 4 Times More Likely to Stay in Ministry

Is God calling you into ministry? Kentucky Mountain Bible College is a great place to go to prepare for the ministry. This preparation not only involves growth with the classroom context, but it also pushes students to develop in all areas of life. KMBC helps its students become better, more disciplined people. This gives graduates the ability to thrive in the world of ministry.  KMBC is successfully training holiness Christian leaders for ministry.

KMBC Graduates
80% of KMBC graduates who go into ministry
stay in ministry throughout their careers!
National Average
“Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.” (2)

Research conducted by FASICLD, Barna, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary indicates a startling reality.  1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month, and up to 80% quit after only 5 years of ministry. These statistics can be very discouraging to someone looking into entering ministry.


After reading these disheartening statistics, Dr. Philip Speas, KMBC president, decided to do a study of his own.  A survey of the first 50 years of KMBC graduates demonstrated that 80% of those who had graduated from 1934 to 1983 finished faithfully with a significant ministry. A separate survey was conducted of more recent graduates who had been in ministry at least 5 years. 78% of them were still going strong!  The findings demonstrate that KMBC graduates are 4x more likely to stay in ministry than the national average.


Would you like to be a part of what God is doing at KMBC? If you want to develop good character, an excellent work-ethic, and a deeper relationship with God, KMBC can help instill those values within you. Prepare at the school that will help you succeed!


KMBC Graduates
National Average

Survey Links and Resources:

  1. Stewart, Kristin (2009).  Keeping Your Pastor: An Emerging Challenge.   Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 13(3). Accessed 01/22/2014 at
  2. Dr. Richard J. Krejcir, (2007),
  3. Internal Study of KMBC Alumni from 1934 to 1983 (2014).
  4. Internal Study of KMBC Alumni from 1994-2009 (2014).

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