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Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America

Larry A. Witham


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 a clergy crisis as well. Whatever the future of the clergy, the fate of millions of churchgoers will also be at stake. This book 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, seminari ... More

Keywords: clergy, America, ministry, Protestantism, Catholic, Episcopal church, United Methodist church, ordination, priests, pastors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195315936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry A. Witham, author