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Churches Facing Ministry Shortage

Like other mainline Protestant denominations, UUs are facing a shortage of parish clergy as baby boomers retire, and as more of the younger seminarians are feeling called not to church work but to ministry in the larger community:  chaplaincy, teaching, counseling, spiritual direction, non-church organizational leadership, social service and social justice organizing and activism.

This article is by a Baptist minister, with his take on the situation.  I would say our seminarians are not dissuaded by denominational strife (as in other faith traditions) but it could be that the fact of congregational conflicts and dysfunction in our movement (among other faiths) make parish ministry seem less appealing than an 8-5 job.


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