Link: A Proposal.
Our current situation: more preachers than pulpits
In March 2005 there were 125 Unitarian Universalist ministers seeking settlement, but there were only 45 congregations seeking ministers.
Currently there are 480 women and men preparing in 75 professional schools to become Unitarian Universalist ministers.
In the 6 months between August 2003 and January 2004, 19 candidates received Preliminary Fellowship in Parish Ministry, while only 6 ministers retired from the ministry.
While it is wonderful to have such an abundance of people seeking to serve professionally in our tiny but historically vital movement, how can we best cope with the current superabundance of able aspirants? Before we consider solutions, let’s look at the large societal trends.
Discuss this interesting work and check out their facts and figures about the numbers of openings/pulpits to ministers, trends, etc.