Pastors still believe in the church Almost all pastors—88 percent—strongly agree that “If I had a friend who wanted to make a difference, I would encourage him or her to do so through their church.” Pastors are investing in developing leaders—but the church may not be doing a good job at thisAmong Lifeway’s respondents, 67 percent say they “strongly agree” and 26 “somewhat agree” to “I am intentionally investing in leaders who will emerge over the next 10 years.” However, those percentages drop (to 52 percent and 26 percent) for “The church does a good job fostering and developing new leaders.” Maybe this explains why so many pastors agreed (38 percent strongly, 37 percent somewhat) that “Our church struggles to reach young adults.” Pastors feel they’re fulfilling their calling When asked to respond to “I am currently in a season where I am living out my calling and making a difference,” 86 percent “strongly agree.” Lower but still strong percentages (53 percent “strongly agree” and 35 percent “somewhat agree”) respond to “I am satisfied with the way I am currently fulfilling my calling.” And finally, “I expect my current church to look very different ten years from now”: 57 percent strongly agree, 26 percent somewhat agree.

Ed Stetzer’s research on pastors says we believe in the church and see it changing in the next decade.