Five Consequences of the Pending Retirement of Boomer Pastors

July 20, 2018
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Podcast Episode #451

Every single day, 1,000 Boomers are hitting retirement age. This includes Boomer pastors. Today we discuss the consequences of this reality and also highlight why many are choosing Interim Pastor University to prepare for their next stage of ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • More churches are starting to plan for pastoral succession because they’ve seen how other churches have failed with it.
  • Thankfully, more churches are starting to raise up pastoral successors from within.
  • The interim pastor role has changed over the past few years. It’s no longer primarily just pulpit supply.
  • There is no set retirement age for pastors, but too many hang on too long.

The five consequences we discuss are:

  1. There will be more pastoral vacancies than qualified candidates.
  2. More churches are giving thought to pastoral succession.
  3. More and more pastors are getting additional training for interim and bi-vocational positions.
  4. There is a mixed view on pastors staying at their current churches past retirement age.
  5. Some Boomer pastors will lead their churches toward mergers and acquisitions.

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