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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 small congregations are facing in their effort to recruit pastors, and the problem many seminary graduates have in finding a church they can afford to lead. Read the full report, What Do Lay People Want in Pastors? Answers from Lay Search Committee Chairs and Regional Judicatory Leaders, available from Pulpit & Pew. A related summary of the research is also available.

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