Top Ten Things About Being A Pastor: #7

Jason Micheli —  February 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

priest_collarOkay, so some of you give me crap about always being snarky, sarcastic and cynical. So, I thought I’d do a decidedly uncynical series of posts: Top Ten Things About Being A Pastor.

#7: Take a look at this mug.

imagesNo, that’s not Raymond Burr. It’s the Rev. Dr. Dennis Wayne Perry, my colleague, friend and partner in theological chaos.

Dennis is ______ years old. His AARP card is in transit as I type. In fact, he’s so old he’s wearing a red Cosby sweater as I type.

He’s old.

But here’s the GREAT thing about ministry. Even as old as he is, Dennis is still considered ‘young’ and ‘innovative.’ It’s true and born out by attending any clergy meeting or conference where you’ll see a sea of white hair and members only jackets.

I know you think I’m exaggerating but its fact. Well over half of all United Methodist clergy are between the ages of 55 and 72. 72! The median age of a UM clergy person is 55- the highest that number has ever been.

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over how the United Methodist Church is an aging denomination, with an average age near 60 in the pews.

But Dennis points out the upside of these trends. Compared to other clergy and to congregants, I will be considered ‘young’ for a very long time, even when I am old. And that’s got to be one of the best things about being a pastor.

Jason Micheli


2 responses to Top Ten Things About Being A Pastor: #7

  1. Okay, now I feel old. Did you have to repeat it so many times? I try not to “be” old, but you’ve made it eminently clear that I am. So now I definitely feel it. I’m thinking about asking Allie to write a blog with me titled “Top Ten Things About Being A Pastor’s Wife.” I’ve got to go, trying to pull my foot out of the grave.

    Sent from my iPad

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