How today's faith leaders are navigating life and leadership in an age of complexity.
As the world grapples with lingering wars, poverty, injustice, racial tensions and political strife, the Church, the living Body of Christ in this world, matters as much today as ever. Yet troubling trends point to shifting attitudes, at least in the U.S., toward the perceived relevance and value of the Church.
It is no secret that the Church in America is struggling to find its footing in this new environment. We can see it in our empty pews as well as in the data. How should the Church respond? How can we speak into the challenges of this moment? How do we respond to claims, some of them valid, that the Church not only has few solutions to our problems, but that it is part of the problem?
As we consider how best to serve the church in this era of complexity, we decided to start by focusing our energy and resources on the well-being and preparedness of today's pastors.
"The State of Pastors" contains the findings of a comprehensive, whole-life assessment of U.S. pastors, commissioned by Pepperdine University. The research examines church leader's perception of:
Their own mental, physical, financial, emotional and spiritual well-being
The health of their relationships with family and church members
Their ministry's overall health and effectiveness
How they are received as a leader by their local community
Their support system, including mentors, friends and fellow ministers
How well their skills, gifts and calling align with their pastoral responsibilities