Who are the men and women that provide leadership for America's estimated 350,000 congregations? Studies suggest that today's pastors are an increasingly diverse group that in many ways reflects the diversity found in the U.S. population as a whole. Demographic shifts, combined with changing gender roles and views on religious authority, have contributed to important changes in the makeup of America's congregational leadership. In this learning module, you will use quantitative data from the Association of Religion Data Archives to explore the social and demographic characteristics of America's congregational leaders.
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