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How are Clergy of Color Faring in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has had goals and policies in its churchwide office and synods since the late 1980s to increase racial and ethnic diversity. When the American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church of America merged to form the ELCA in 1988, the leaders of the new denomination set a Constitutional goal…

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Pastoral Staffing Arrangements in Small United Methodist Church Congregations

It should come as no surprise that over the past few decades Christian congregations have been shrinking in terms of their average weekly worship attendance. This is certainly true for congregations in the United Methodist Church. The median worship attendance of UMC congregations declined from 53 worshipers in 2000 to just 38 worshipers in 2019.…

Clergy Age Trends Have Paved the Way for the Religious Workforce Project

Several research projects by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership paved the way for the current Religious Workforce Project. The longest continuous effort by the Lewis Center studies clergy age trends. In 2006, the newly-established Lewis Center issued its first report on clergy age trends among United Methodist clergy beginning from 1985. This research emerged…

Previous Research by the Lewis Center Related to Religious Workforce

Several research projects by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership paved the way for the current Religious Workforce Project. Most of these involved the United Methodist Church, the denomination with which Wesley Theological Seminary is affiliated. Transition from Seminary. Building on the initial findings from the Center’s clergy age research, it became clear that the…