Six Issues Regarding Mega Vacancies in Megachurches

Episode #514
February 26, 2019
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More people often means more problems. And that is the case with megachurches when it comes to finding pastors. Today we discuss some of the reasons for this struggle.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Many people have negative stereotypes of megachurches, and many are simply unfair and wrong.
  • The concept of ladder climbing and quickly bouncing from church to church is foreign to many Millennial pastors.
  • Many churches overbuilt their worship space in the past and are now remodeling that to create larger foyers and more intimate worship gatherings.
  • When pastor search committees try to find pastors the way they always have done so, they will struggle with the process because churches and pastors have changed in the past 20-30 years.

The six reasons megachurches are struggling to find pastors are:

  1. These churches have similar profiles of the type of pastor they want.
  2. The number of Millennials who are in vocational ministry and meet the profile is small.
  3. Fewer Millennials are excited about leading a megachurch.
  4. Millennials are concerned about the large worship centers many megachurches have.
  5. Many search committees (or their equivalent) try to look for a pastor in the old traditional path.
  6. Many megachurches did not have a succession plan.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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