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Shortage of Clergy Coming?

Shortage of Clergy Coming?

Man standing in front of small group studyWe are living in challenging times. We have endured two years of a global pandemic, which has led to millions of deaths worldwide. We have experienced political and financial uncertainty in our nation. We have witnessed increased violence in our largest cities and now watch in horror at the loss of innocent lives in Ukraine. The world needs the message of hope found only in the Gospel. 

These challenging times provide opportunities for theologically trained, ministry-equipped individuals to make a difference in people's lives. Ministry leaders and pastors are desperately needed right now. 

Unfortunately, it is also a time when, according to a recent Relevant article, there is a shortage of clergy coming. The article cites an October study from the Barna group that found that 38% of pastors were at least considering leaving full-time ministry. The concern is even higher for Millennial pastors; around 50 percent of them are considering quitting. 

The Graduate School at Cedarville University is helping meet that shortage preparing future pastors with a theologically sound Master of Divinity. With three completion options, Cedarville’s M.Div. is equipping pastors and ministry leaders to meet the needs of a hurting world with the hope of the Gospel.  

Cedarville also offers a Master of Ministry, Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership, and Master of Arts in Worship and Theology that are equipping individuals to lead and serve God’s people. 

by Trent Rogers, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Biblical and Theological Studies
Cedarville University

Posted in MDiv MMin

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