The Next Pastoral Exodus
The church in America suffered greatly during the last election season and the pandemic.
No one suffered more than the pastors, many of whom left rather than wrangle another day with the divisions both brought into the sanctuaries.
I personally know many who couldn’t take the stress on themselves and their families and left to find another vocation.
I know others who barely made it through.
Now, we’re going to do it all over again.
Covid cases are on the rise and the 2024 election cycle has begun.
By this time next year, I believe we’ll lose close to 25% of those in active pastoral ministry to the same conflicts that thinned the ranks before.
Many who remain will be the ones that cater to populist fervors, not the Word of God.
Those who still have the call to ministry on their lives will have to find other ways to fulfill that calling, which may end up blessing their communities in a different way.
The remnant church isn’t going to be able to afford buildings or pastoral salaries…and will be despised by many of their brethren.
Those of us who are still in some form of ministry need to reckon now with what’s coming…and what price we’re willing to pay to continue on faithfully.
My time is short for a myriad of reasons and I could be quite content with a “feral cat ministry”…but I grieve for my younger ministerial brethren…and for those in the Body caught in divisions they did not choose..
The choice not to divide will be regarded as a divisive choice…