About that clergy "shortage..."
Baptized and confirmed membership is down. The number of congregations is down. And the number of clergy is up. Draw your own conclusions about the reality of a "clergy shortage."
Baptized membership fell by 33,525 (to 2,278,586) and confirmed membershipdecreased by 20,115 (to 1,764,024).The number of member congregations in 2010 fell by 20 (to 6,158). The number of ordained clergy serving in parishes was up by 33, to 5,369. The number ofclergy serving in other capacities fell by 49 to 630, while the number ofretired clergy increased by 29, to 2,928.
Read the whole press release here.