Just one in three of today’s pastors say that they are healthy. By 2050, less than half of the US population may identify as Christian. At the same time, 61 percent of millennials who attended church before the pandemic still worship with the same congregation. Not only that, but Barna recently found that young people—specifically Generation Z—are uniquely open to learning about Jesus.
It’s within this good news–bad news cultural context that Russell Moore and producer Ashley Hales answer listener questions about church membership, church hurt, and pastoral ministry. The listener questions covered in this episode include:
- How should someone evaluate their desire to attend seminary?
- What factors should someone consider when looking for a church to join?
- How can congregants practice discernment around church hurt and abuse, specifically if a church is being investigated?
- How have pastors embroiled in public scandals incriminated fellow pastors? And how can the non-culpable pastors (and their loved ones) respond?
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- “Modeling the Future of Religion in America,” Pew Research Center
- “38% of U.S. Pastors Have Thought About Quitting Full-Time Ministry in the Past Year,” Barna
- “A New Chapter in Millennial Church Attendance,” Barna
- “Rising Spiritual Openness in America,” Barna
Do you have a question for Russell Moore? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Hales is the producer of The Russell Moore Show, founder of Willowbrae Institute, and an author. Find out more at aahales.com.
“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
Executive Producers: Erik Petrik, Russell Moore, and Mike Cosper
Host: Russell Moore
Producer: Ashley Hales
Associate Producers: Abby Perry and Azurae Phelps
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Audio Engineer: Kevin Duthu
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Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton