I’ve spent a considerable amount of time this past fall visiting with pastors and ministry leaders throughout our constituencies.
My friends, there’s trouble.
When Barna released stats earlier this year that 30% of clergy are likely to leave ministry before this pandemic is over, I confess, I was skeptical. I thought it was an alarmist overstatement. “Maybe in America,” I said. “Not here.”
After engaging with ministry leaders in my limited circles in the past few weeks, I not only became a believer in those stats but I began to say that I fear they might be about 10% low. My hunch, based on limited engagement with Christian leaders, is being corroborated by new data from Barna.
You can hear more in the podcast from Carey Nieuwhoff and Barna president, David Kinneman.