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The Problem with Lay Pastors

Thousands of U.S. mainline Protestant congregations cannot pay the minimum salaries denominations mandate for full-time professional leaders. Trained lay pastors frequently fill the gap. Lay pastors are also functioning as chaplains and as associate pastors where minimum pay scales cannot be met. Unfortunately, growing evidence indicates that the academic preparation of lay clergy is unequal to the responsibilities they are asked to shoulder.  Congregational insularity and dwindling size are two among the range of issues related to the Church’s growing reliance upon lightly trained lay clergy. Learn more from "Ready to Lead? The Problems with Lay Pastors," an article written by scholar Barbara Wheeler archived on the Auburn Seminary website.

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