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…

A Mobile Religious Workforce?

Early on the Religious Workforce Project (RWP), like other congregational studies, faced a sampling challenge: what list of congregations would we work from for recruiting churches into our study? Some significant studies from the 1990s drew their research sites right from the yellow pages. Since 2000, researchers have been able to use newer strategies such as…