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What Do Lay People Want in Pastors?
Answers from Lay Search Committee Chairs and Regional Judicatory Leaders

Adair T. Lummis

In What Do Lay People Want in Pastors?, Adair
Lummis draws upon interviews with lay leaders and judicatory executives
to examine the criteria churches use in selecting their pastors. In
the first part of her report, she outlines specific pastoral qualities
sought by search committees in congregations that are financially
able to support a full-time pastor. In the second part, she looks
at the growing difficulty of recruiting any trained pastor in small,
primarily rural congregations. The report includes commentaries from
two judicatory executives and a church lay leader. Lummis is a sociologist
of religion at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford
Seminary.



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