Recently a colleague passed on to me a summary of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership report on Clergy Age Trends. You can get the report at http://www.churchleadership.com/. Among other highlights the report noted that ….
- For the first time ever, just over half of active elders are between age 55 and 72.
- The median age of elders is 55, the highest in history, up from 50 in 2000 and 45 in 1973.
- The percentage of elders aged 35 to 54 continues to shrink, from 65 percent of all active elders in 2000 to 45 percent in 2010.
- The number of young United Methodist clergy grew in the past decade
- There are more young elders, deacons, and local pastors than ten years ago.
- While fewer in number than young elders, young deacons and local pastors are growing in number faster than young elders.