We have long heard of clergy shortages among Roman Catholics and liberal mainline churches. Now, it seems, conservative churches are sharing the problem. It is referred to as "The Great American Clergy Shortage."
I am in the process of retiring after having been in pastoral ministry for 43 years. I will be retiring by November 1; for months now, I have been trying to work with a pastoral selection committee to find a new pastor. The pickings are very, very slim.
When I thought about leaving the ministry 11 years ago, the average church received 200 resumes if they posted on a number of seminary/Bible college sites. It was almost impossible to even get an opportunity to candidate; The situation that was driving me out was addressed, so I remained here another 11 years.
Having posted at Moody, Grace, Dallas, Calvary, and now Chafer, Emmaus, and several others, we have heard almost nothing. We did hear from two pastors in Africa trying to get a ride to the USA and one candidate who decided he wasn't ready for ministry yet. We tried a head hunter who sent us a few names, but, while evangelical, they were not compatible with our doctrinal positions (and we are only moderately picky; we would accept candidates, for example, with a variety of views on the timing of the rapture).
So how serious is the pastor shortage? What is your view?
If you help place pastors or are in an organization that gives you special insight and knowledge, please make sure to comment. All comments, of course, are appreciated.
You can read about one assessment of it HERE, if you like.