Religion News Service says there is now a clergy glut in the United States. A Protestant pastor surplus, to be precise.
Unlike the Catholic Church, which is short of priests, evangelical and mainline Protestants have more preachers than they know what to do with, RNS says.
This is a fascinating story and it’s well-written by RNS, but I would add one caveat. In my experience, there are many small churches which are desperate to find a pastor. But these churches typically have dwindling membership and simply lack the resources to pay would-be pastors a decent wage.
As a result, there is still demand for poorly paid pastors or bi-vocational pastors. But the number of churches that can pay a living wage is decreasing and will continue to decrease as average Sunday attendance drops.