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Pastors and the Church

PASTORS & the CHURCH Pastoral ministry has been under considerable change and flux these past 20+ years. Pastors face the pressures of growing their churches, preaching effective & engaging sermons, shepherding & caring for parishioner's needs and leading & casting a compelling vision for the church. Doing all that's required often times while underpaid, under-equipped, and overstressed. 90% of Unchurched people chose a church based on the pastor and his preaching Education Only 74 percent of those at churches with an average worship attendance less than 50 have attended seminary Size The median church in the U.S. has 75 regular participants in worship on Sunday mornings Pastor Profile Salary $ On average, an ordained Protestant pastor serving a small congregation received a median salary and housing package of $31,234. Yet a Protestant pastor serving a congregation of more than 1,000 members received a median salary and housing package of $81,923. 17.7% of the population attended a Christian church on any given weekend A pastor's societal influence and impact has been diminishing over the years. There is significant challenge upon the pastor and their church in reaching out to those unchurched within the community. 72% of pastors stated that they only studied the Bible when they were preparing for sermons or lessons Pastors face the real challenge of cultivating a personal devotional life and leading from a personal, spiritual overflow amidst their vocation's high depends and busyness. MINISTRY BEST PRACTICES /MinistryBestPractices Sources - Thom S. Rainer MinistryBestPractices.com - Hartford Institute for Religion Research @BestMinistry Equipping Leaders for Innovative Ministry LifeWay Research - Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Óverwhelm them with appreciation and love" - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (The Message) PASTORS & the CHURCH Pastoral ministry has been under considerable change and flux these past 20+ years. Pastors face the pressures of growing their churches, preaching effective & engaging sermons, shepherding & caring for parishioner's needs and leading & casting a compelling vision for the church. Doing all that's required often times while underpaid, under-equipped, and overstressed. 90% of Unchurched people chose a church based on the pastor and his preaching Education Only 74 percent of those at churches with an average worship attendance less than 50 have attended seminary Size The median church in the U.S. has 75 regular participants in worship on Sunday mornings Pastor Profile Salary $ On average, an ordained Protestant pastor serving a small congregation received a median salary and housing package of $31,234. Yet a Protestant pastor serving a congregation of more than 1,000 members received a median salary and housing package of $81,923. 17.7% of the population attended a Christian church on any given weekend A pastor's societal influence and impact has been diminishing over the years. There is significant challenge upon the pastor and their church in reaching out to those unchurched within the community. 72% of pastors stated that they only studied the Bible when they were preparing for sermons or lessons Pastors face the real challenge of cultivating a personal devotional life and leading from a personal, spiritual overflow amidst their vocation's high depends and busyness. MINISTRY BEST PRACTICES /MinistryBestPractices Sources - Thom S. Rainer MinistryBestPractices.com - Hartford Institute for Religion Research @BestMinistry Equipping Leaders for Innovative Ministry LifeWay Research - Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Óverwhelm them with appreciation and love" - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (The Message)

Pastors and the Church

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