The percentage of new clergy younger than 35, across mainline denominations, including Protestant and Roman Catholic, is reportedly dropping, according to a recent study by the Lewis Center for Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Are you seeing a drop in your faith? If so, what do you think is driving it? Are you concerned?
The dilemma of an aging clergy is symptomatic of a general aging of church and synagogue members. Seats vacated by the older generation are now left empty instead of being filled by youth.
So we must address the underlying question of why young people are participating in religion less than their parents.
The baby boom generation was raised under the assumption that they would automatically absorb their elders' beliefs and become active participants in religious life. If they questioned certain aspects of theology, they were often admonished to "do as you're told."