Study shows young clergy increasing

We young pastors are the blue column…. but the whole story (by the UMC news service) is hopeful. But, the average age of United Methodist clergy has ALSO reached a historic high. (In the second story, I would be counted as one of the young local pastors.)

In regards to young clergy, I’m curious about any details beyond mere numbers: Why are young people entering the ministry? Are their/our reasons different than those of other generations? Why was there such a drop-off between 1978 and 2000? What other demographics are a factor? What type of ministries are young UMC pastors interested in? What type of ministries are they actually able to put into place?

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