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Episode 25: Is money the cause (or solution) of the minister shortage? We go there.

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If the jobs section of The Christian Chronicle is any proof, more Church of Christ congregations in North America have open ministry positions than there are ministers able, ready, and willing to fill them. What is the cause of this "minister shortage"? In this episode, Christian Chronicle correspondents Cheryl Mann Bacon, Jeremie Beller, and Calvin Cockrell plunge into the "ick" of money as a factor in how few (or how many) Christians choose to become congregational ministers and whether congregations can hire and keep them. 
Read Cheryl Mann Bacon’s report on why fewer Christians are choosing to be ministers

Read Jeremie Beller’s editorial, “Viewing ministry not as a career, but a calling

Read Calvin Cockrell’s report on the cost of Bible and ministry education

Read the full archive of The Christian Chronicle’s “Sacred Calling” series

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Full-time ministry, minister, shortage, preacher shortage, preacher training, “Sacred Calling,” calling, career, minister, ministry, congregational minister, congregational ministry, Jeremie Beller, Oklahoma Christian University, Bible education, Christian colleges and universities, Church of Christ colleges and universities, preacher schools, Calvin Cockrell, minister pay, minister benefits, Cheryl Mann Bacon, Abilene Christian University, BT Irwin

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