Dear church: Don’t ruin the future of Christianity!

We could use more Davids!

One of the many issues facing mainline denominations is the rapidly decreasing base of ministers to carry on the work of the church. Recent studies, such as the one the Barna Group released, share evidences that are similar to this:

“A decade ago the median age of mainline Senior Pastors was 48; today it is 55. That represents a shockingly fast increase, representing a combination of too few young pastors entering the ranks and a large share of older pastors not retiring.” Link to the article here.

I am an anomaly in the church world. I officially began my career as a senior pastor at age 24. I just celebrated my 10th year in pastoral ministry. I think I can offer a few reasons why young people are not entering the ministry as generations before them:

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