A news brief in the March 2023 issue of Christianity Today magazine reports that the number of seminary students pursuing a Master of Divinity degree has declined by nine percent in the last five years. The Master of Divinity degree has long been the standard degree for those entering the pastoral ministry and remains a qualification for many churches looking for a pastor.
Having been a pastor for over forty years, I have experienced firsthand the challenges and trials of pastoral ministry. Pastors desperately need encouragement. Therefore, I have endeavored to encourage and counsel other pastors over the years.