George Barna came out last month with a report looking at the state of mainline Protestant churches.
For church leaders, interesting elements of the report include:
The median age of mainline senior pastors has increased from 48 to 55 in the last decade.
The percentage of mainline senior pastors who are female has risen from 15% to 21% in the last decade.
Compensation levels have risen by 40% in the last decade.
On average, pastors last four years before moving to another congregation, about half the average among non-mainline Protestants.
According to the report summary, Barna identified “the quality of leadership provided, especially regarding vision, creativity, strategic thinking and the courage to take risks — as being the most critical element in determining the future health and growth of mainline congregations.”
Read the full report summary here.
2 replies on “How Are Mainline Churches Doing?“
Thanks for commenting, Tripp. I’m pretty sure I saw the reference to the report first on your blog, now that I think about it. Be sure to check out the link to Tripp’s blog in his comment to see his thoughtful remarks and the interesting comments.
Thanks for this reminder. I posted on this as well. My comments are a bit too lengthy for the internet, but it’s yours to read if you like.