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Church Officer Turnover
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In a recent study we conducted for the North American Division Church Resource Center, it was revealed that the majority of pastors (63%) report that one-seventh to one quarter of the lay leaders in their congregation are new to their positions each year. Another 21% of pastors indicate that a quarter to a half of their lay leaders is new each year. Only 3% of pastors indicate that more than half of their lay leaders are new to their responsibilities each year.

Is this stability of leadership an indication that people are serving where they’re gifted and excelling in their voluntary positions? One would hope so. Or is this a sign that “where there is no vision, people perish” or stagnate and ministry gridlock prevails? This is also plausible.

INNOVATIONewsletter, February 2, 2007, The Center for Creative Ministry