Average Age of Pastors

Posted on July 11, 2007

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Right Here, Right Now (Righteous Radio Mix) by Jesus Jones

Here’s an interesting chart from Said At Southern Seminary:

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What do you think?

Only 17% of Senior Pastors are under 40.

What does that mean?

Is it a good or a bad thing?


  1. I think it means what everyone already knows; the SBC (mostly) has no desire to be flexible in their ministry and outreach model, particularly in engaging young people. I think it’s both good and bad; good because churches that loose sight of mission should be closed or let to expire, bad because that’s sad. Also sad because on many theological issues I fall closest to SBC.

  2. There was an implied “unless they change” in that second sentence, hopefully that was clear.

  3. Al says:

    Good or bad? How about “Interesting but in the end, mostly meaningless without more information”?

    How long does it take for a person to come to saving faith? How long does it take for him to reach maturity in the faith?

    Suppose that my congregation appoints 4 pastors a year, ages 20, 25, 30, and 35. The congregation has done this since time before time – or at least 100 A.D., and all pastors are caught up in chariots of fire at age 80.

    I think that means the church has 220 pastors. How many are under 30? Only 15, or 7%. How many are under 40? 50, or 23%.

    That’s surprisingly close to the SBC numbers – and I think 20 is very young age for pastors.

  4. Noel says:

    Bravo, Alan. Especially the line “and all pastors are caught up in chariots of fire at age 80.”

  5. Larry Thacker says:

    I was pastoring at age 17. I really wasn’t prepared to pastor until I was 30, after 13 years of ministry and leading over 5000 people to Jesus. I have talked to many that still didn’t know what they believed even after receiving their Mdiv. Perhaps the fact that Jesus entered formal ministry at 30 was more than a cultural factor. Perhaps it was a model.
    Larry Thacker

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