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The following question, from the pastor of a small urban church, was printed in LEADERSHIP'S Winter 1981 issue, and reactions from our readers were solicited. This response is based on their observations.

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Too often it seems that seminary graduates who have a call into pastoral ministry face three options (regardless of their abilities): 1) Youth ministry in a large church (multiple-staff), 2) Christian education work in a medium-sized congregation (two on the staff), and 3) Pastoring a small church. Available small churches seem to be the undesirable ones-those in the middle of nowhere, or declining urban churches.

Feeling a call as pastor/teacher, I came to a run-down urban church-it appeared to be the best of my options. After two years, I think I've done everything well, but I feel awful that I do not have love for the ...

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