The Great Reshuffling of Pastors and the Future for the Church

Episode #740
March 15, 2022
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Millions of people are quitting their jobs every month in what many are calling “The Great Resignation.” Pastors are not immune from this trend. Thom and Sam discuss how pastors, staff, and church leaders are undergoing a “Great Reshuffling,” a term they prefer since you don’t really resign from serving the church. What does this trend mean for the future of the church?

1. Consider the push, pull, and pray factor before leaving your church.

2. The demographic reality is not enough Millennial and Gen X pastors exist to replace retiring Boomers.

3. The trend of fewer people wanting to be a pastor will continue.

4. There will be more church adoptions out of necessity.

5. Younger pastors at small and mid-size churches will lead many of these adoptions.

6. As people settle, neighborhood churches have the potential to grow quickly.

7. The number of co-vocational and bi-vocational pastors will trend up, while full-time specialty positions in the church will trend down.




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