Seven Reasons the 10+ Year Pastorate Is Becoming More Common

Episode #484
November 13, 2018
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Podcast Episode #484

Data shows pastoral tenure is increasing. Today we examine why more pastorates are reaching double digit tenure.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Bigger isn’t always better. It’s usually the same problems just with more people.
  • There seems to be less of a desire for ladder climbing from Millennial pastors than from previous generations of pastors.
  • God works in both the big burst of rapid growth as well as in the slow, incremental growth.
  • The greatest fruit in ministry often does not begin to manifest itself until after year five of a pastorate.

The seven reasons we discuss are:

  1. “Ladder climbing” is not a priority.
  2. The philosophy of “big is better” is waning.
  3. Greater concern for family stability.
  4. Greater awareness of incremental progress.
  5. A desire to be a presence in the community.
  6. A desire to get to year five.
  7. The growth of mentoring.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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