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Most Protestant Pastors Say ‘Apathy’ Is the Most Challenging ‘People Dynamic’ They Face

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Most Protestant Pastors Say ‘Apathy’ Is the Most Challenging ‘People Dynamic’ They Face

. Most pastors believe that the biggest “people dynamic challenge” they face in their church is the apathy of people and lack of dedication to it.

” You can have many people in a church but not be involved in its work,” Scott McConnell (executive director at Lifeway Research) said. “Pastors see the potential of mobilizing everyone in the church to minister to others in the church and in their community.”

The survey included interviews with 200 American Protestant pastors who identified 44 issues or challenges they face in their role. Pew researchers then surveyed another 1,000 pastors to find which of these needs was most prominent among them. These categories were ministry problems, skills development, spiritual need, personal life, health, and people dynamics.

Among these categories, 22 percent of pastors said people dynamics in their congregations are the most challenging or require the most attention today.

” These challenging dynamics affect unity in a church,” stated McConnell. “Unity matters greatly to Christ as seen in his prayer for his followers in John 17. Many things can disrupt that unity, and one of the most common is not outright disagreement but silently abstaining from what the church is doing together.”

About 75 percent of U.S. Protestant pastors said apathy or lack of commitment was a people dynamic they found challenging. Nearly half of all pastors identified lack or apathy as their most difficult people dynamics.

About 79 percent of Baptist pastors and 78 percent of non-denominational pastors said apathy is the most challenging people dynamic. Forty percent of Lutheran pastors and 38 percent of Methodist pastors said the same.

Pastors reported that strong opinions could pose a problem for churches.

“Congregations are filled with many opinions,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research said that it is difficult to focus a congregation on a handful of important things. People’s obsession with non-essentials, politics and a dislike for change all hamper a pastor’s ability to provide leadership.”

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. Her contributions to U.S. News and World Report, The Houston Chronicle and IBelieve.com are also included. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

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