Twelve Characteristics for Effective 21st Century Ministry

by Jill M. Hudson. Alban at Duke Divinity School, 2006.


This short article comments on pastoral leadership and highlights 12 leadership skills of effective clergy.


12 skills of effective clergy, commentary on the role of clergy

Recommended Audience

seminarian, early career clergy, or a clergy search committee



Practical Applications

  • When calling a new clergy person, look for these different skills within each candidate.
  • Assess your pastoral skills by reflecting on this list and getting feedback from a trusted mentor.

About the Contributor

Kate White

Kate was the associate director for resources at the Center for Congregations. She managed educational resources and worked to get the best resources into the hands of congregations.

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