Changes in Church Hiring Practices for Pastors

Episode #056
May 23, 2014
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Podcast Episode #056

When it comes to how pastors are hired in churches, things have changed dramatically in the past few decades. These changes have established a new dynamic in what churches are looking for and how they are finding pastors.  This week on the podcast, Jonathan and I discuss these changes and how pastors or those seeking to become pastors should adapt to these trends.

  1. Church consolidations mean more pastors will report directly to another pastor.
  2. Multisite and multi-venue churches will increasingly hire more pastors. 
  3. Established churches will have greater difficulty finding pastors that meet their criteria. 
  4. There will be an increased demand for bivocational pastors. 
  5. More churches will partner with seminaries to “raise their own” pastors. 
  6. More pastors will be gauged by their social media involvement in the pastor selection process. 
  7. There will continue to be growth in the number of megachurch pastor position openings. 
  8. Pastoral tenure will move in two different directions. 
  9. Pastoral mentoring will grow. 
  10. Denominational influence on pastor placement will continue to wane.

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