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Author Witham, Larry A
Title Who Shall Lead Them? : The Future of Ministry in America
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2005
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Introduction: Interesting Times -- 1. Call to Ministry -- 2. The Protestant Divide -- 3. Women in Ministry -- 4. The Catholic Priesthood -- 5. Southern Baptists -- 6. The Minority Challenge -- 7. Spirit Filled -- 8. Organized Religion -- 9. Fault Lines -- 10. Image Makers -- 11. The Soul of Ministry -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
The clergy today faces mounting challenges in an increasingly secular world, where declining prestige makes it more difficult to attract the best and the brightest young Americans to the ministry. As Christian churches dramatically adapt to modern changes, some are asking whether there is aclergy crisis as well. Whatever the future of the clergy, the fate of millions of churchgoers also will be at stake.In Who Shall Lead Them?, prizewinning journalist Larry Witham takes the pulse of both the Protestant and Catholic ministry in America and provides a mixed diagnosis of the calling's health. Drawing on dozens of interviews with clergy, seminarians and laity, and using newly available surveydata including the 2000 Census, Witham reveals the trends in a variety of traditions. While evangelicals are finding innovative paths to ministry, the Catholic priesthood faces a severe shortage. In mainline Protestantism, ministry as a second career has become a prominent feature. Ordination agesin the Episcopal and United Methodist churches average in the 40s today. The quest by female clergy to lead from the pulpit, meanwhile, has hit a stained glass ceiling as churches still prefer a man as the principal minister. While deeply motivated by the mystery of their call to ministry,America's priests, pastors, and ministers are reassessing their roles in a world of new debates on leadership, morality, and the powers of the mass media.Who Shall Lead Them? offers a valuable snapshot of this contemporary clergy drama. It will be required reading for everyone concerned about the rapidly shifting ground of our churches and the health of religion in America
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Witham, Larry A. Who Shall Lead Them? : The Future of Ministry in America New York : Oxford University Press USA - OSO,c2005 9780195166972
Subject Pastoral theology -- United States.;Christianity -- Forecasting
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