From clergy shortage to clergy glut

Economy prompts staffing cuts
After a decade-long clergy shortage in America’s pulpits, Christian denominations are now experiencing a clergy glut—with some denominations reporting that they have two ministers for every vacant pulpit.

“We have a serious surplus of ministers and candidates seeking calls,” said Marcia Myers, director of the vocation office for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has four ministers for every opening.

The main cause of the sudden turnaround: the bad economy.

According to PCUSA data, the church has 532 vacancies for 2,271 ministers seeking positions. The Assemblies of God, the United Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene and other Protestant denominations also report significant surpluses.


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