Friday, March 3, 2017

The Church’s Leadership Crisis

The church is facing a leadership crisis and the answer may be a question.
I’m getting older. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, given the alternative, I think it’s a great thing. 
I’m not the only one getting older. 
On average people today are living longer than fifty years ago. The average life expectancy for an American male born in 1960 was 66; for one born in 2010 it is 76. For a female born in 1960 the life expectancy was 73; for one born in 2010 it is 81.
On average pastors are getting older, too, according to a report released this week by the Barna research group. One finding in the report staggered me.  According to the report there are now more pastors in the “over 65” category than there are in the “under 40” category.
There is another trend which, when considered along with our aging clergy, really troubles me. 
Seminary enrollment nationwide has been on the decline for some time. Fewer and fewer people are preparing for a career in ministry. 
Take these two things together (aging clergy, fewer entering the ministry) and it’s easy to see the church is facing a serious leadership crisis!