The State of Pastors Summit

Six Trends Shaping the Future of Pastoral Leadership

March 6 - 12:00 PM ET


This free webcast will be broken up into two main sessions, each featuring new research presented by Barna CEO David Kinnaman and applications offered by guest contributors.


Session 1 focuses on emerging trends related to pastors’ calling, mental and emotional health and relationships.

Session 2 takes a closer look at the challenges pastors are facing in ministry right now, exploring the future of teaching and preaching, the increase in doubt around pastors’ credibility and what it looks like to empower the next generation of pastors. 

A 40-minute breakout session in between the two main sessions will allow registrants to discuss relevant topics related to the data and brainstorm practical solutions and next steps. (Breakout session titles and session leaders forthcoming.)

A viewer’s guide will also be provided one week ahead of the summit, allowing pastors, church staff and organizations to sit with the data and think through what these findings mean for their specific context.

Everyone can play a role in ensuring a brighter future for the Church.

Over the past few years, pastors have faced myriad challenges, causing many to feel discouraged and even doubtful about their ministry calling to the pastorate. While data from 2021 and into 2022 showed a drastic decrease in pastors’ confidence and sense of security, recent data show some hopeful increases. 

Join us in supporting the U.S. pastorate right now. We invite pastors, church staff, church volunteers, organizations, and anyone else interested in encouraging pastors right now, to register for this free webcast. You can register individually, or as a team. 

Speakers & Contributors

David Kinnaman

  • CEO of Barna Group

Glenn Packiam

  • Lead pastor of Rockharbor Church (Costa Mesa, CA), author and speaker

Christine Caine

  • Speaker, author and activist

John Mark Comer

  • Teacher, writer and speaker

Dr. Anita Phillips

  • Trauma therapist, author and minister

Ashlee Eiland

  • Co-lead pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church (Grand Rapids, MI), author and Bible teacher

Ed Stetzer

  • Dean at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, editor at Outreach Magazine, teaching pastor at Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)

Sharon Hodde Miller

  • Lead pastor at Bright City Church (Durham, NC), author and speaker

Rich Villodas

  • Lead pastor of New Life Fellowship (Queens, NY), author and speaker

Faith Eury Cho

  • Co-founder and co-pastor of Mosaic Covenant Church (Paramus, NJ), CEO and founder of The Honor Summit, author

Alvin Sanders

  • President and CEO of World Impact

Event Schedule

  • 12:00pm ET

    Session 1:

    Barna CEO David Kinnaman unpacks trends related to pastors’ calling, mental and emotional health and relationships. Guest contributors offer insights and applications on the topics presented.

  • 1:15pm ET


  • 1:20pm ET

    Breakout Sessions:

    Session titles and leaders forthcoming.

  • 1:55pm ET


  • 2:00pm ET

    Session 2:

    Barna CEO David Kinnaman outlines some of the challenges pastors are facing today, touching on the future of teaching and preaching, the credibility crisis and empowering the next generation of leaders. Guest contributors offer insights and applications on the topics shared.

  • 3:00pm ET


Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

Yes, the webcast is free.

Before the event, you will receive a link to watch the main webcast sessions in your internet browser. There will also be links on that webpage to Zoom rooms where the breakout sessions will be held.

Yes! A week before the event, we’ll be sending out a viewer’s guide. While the guide can be used by individuals and groups alike, it is especially helpful for teams and groups who are watching the event together and want some direction or structure as they think through the presented data and determine next steps.

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