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Pastoral Ministry: a Troubled Profession?

Though his intention was to alert the academic community to the trajectories and goals of the new Pulpit & Pew project, director Jackson Carroll’s 2000 address to the Society for... read more >


Conversation-Starting Questions about National Clergy Study Findings

The Pulpit & Pew Project surveyed over 2,500 clergy across the nation in 2001 in an effort to provide a comprehensive profile of America’s religious leaders that could be meaningfully... read more >


Why Ministers are Leaving Local Church Ministry

A 2002 survey questioned Christian clergy who have left the ministry. The study, conducted across five Protestant denominations, yielded some interesting information. It turns out former pastors are not much... read more >


What Search Committees Want

Are you a male, under 40 years old, and married to a nonworking woman who volunteers on church committees? If so, churches are looking for you to lead their congregation.... read more >


Women's Path Into Ministry

Drawing upon six research studies conducted between 1982 and 1998, author Edward Lehman Jr. sketches the broad outlines of a woman's career path into ministry, from seminary through ordination and... read more >


A Fresh Look at Clergy Salaries in the 21st Century

Most Protestant churches determine a pastor's salary by analyzing the marketplace. According to recent research, however, current ministry pay scales are too low to allow clergy to live comfortably, and... read more >


What Lay People Want in Pastors

In this paper, researcher Adair T. Lummis draws upon interviews with lay leaders and judicatory executives to outline the pastoral qualities sought by lay search committees. Lummis explores the problems... read more >


The Ministry and the Message: Christian Leaders in Contemporary Visual and Print Media

Drawing upon fictional portrayals of ministers, priests and nuns, researcher Joyce Smith found that most times, fictional clergy tend to be background characters. But in contrast, after 9/11, she found... read more >


Assessing the Clergy Supply in the 21st Century

About 90 percent of American congregations have 100 or fewer members and tend to be rural and poor, and many clergy cannot afford to work for those churches — at... read more >


Strengthening Hispanic Ministries across Denominations

Churches that seek to minister to Latinos often have limited financial or human resources. To address these problems, an interdenominational group of Hispanic clergy met at Duke University to set... read more >





Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

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For those that have followed the close collaboration and friendship between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury...

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