The Challenges of Pastoring a Smaller Membership Church

by Ray Gilder. Bivocational & Smaller Church Leadership Network.

This article identifies ten challenges that small church pastors might face while offering suggestions to address such obstacles.


challenges related to volunteers, an insufficient leadership pool, entrenched leaders, and finances

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Use this article and its list as an assessment tool to see if any of the ten challenges resonate with your congregation.
  • Reflect on this article and use it as a prayer list for pastors and congregations.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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