Five Reasons Why Churches Are Taking Longer to Find Pastors (Update)

Episode #802
May 23, 2023
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One of the more concerning trends in North American churches is the increasing length of time it takes churches to call a pastor. Thom and Sam give both cultural and demographic realities for this trend.

1. Few churches are setting goals to find a pastor within a year (and reverse engineering the process).

2. The culture of many churches in the pastor search process is antiquated and inefficient.

3. Demographic challenges are real: the “supply” of candidates is decreasing.

4. Many churches think they can compensate full-time pastors when they can’t.

5. Expectations of churches are often unrealistic.


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