How many pastors in the US?
The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches recently reported that there were 600,000 clergy serving in various denominations in the US. But that figure included retired clergy, chaplains in hospitals, prisons and the military, and many others.
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Some churches have a pastor for three years only, they are called temporary pastors. But smaller churches have pastors serving for many years at that church only they are called permanent pastors. -- Some very small churches have pastors that are assigned to a bigger church. These may be associate pastors in bigger local churches, and are assigned to these small churches, whereby they are under the supervision of a senior pastor, and gain experience…