Jump to Navigation

Resources

What Lay People Want in Pastors

Lay people want a pastor who can laugh. That's what denominational executives and lay members in seven denominations said during a comprehensive study of what people want in a pastor. The ability to laugh indicates several things, according to the study, including whether the pastor and congregation are compatible, whether the pastor understands the congregation's values and way of life, and how much of a people-person the pastor is perceived to be. Congregations also want a person with an authentic religious life that involves both head and heart, and someone who has an open-door policy. In these and other ways, the desires of lay people differ from the guidance and desires of judicatory officials. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers insight on the study of what congregations want in a pastor.

News

News

Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

Calendar

Tue, Dec 25, 2018 - 09:00 am
Wed, Dec 25, 2019 - 09:00 am
Christmas S

Popular Tools

Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

Widget provided by:

Search