Persistent Pastorates

We got a news tip about a British Columbia church celebrating its pastor’s 20th anniversary with that congregation. How rare is serving in one role for 20 years? 

63 active Christian Reformed ministers and 13 commissioned pastors have been serving in their current role for that long or longer. That’s 5.3% of CRC ministers and 4.4% of commissioned pastors in active ministry.

Numbers are from CRCNA Yearbook data, pulled Sept. 7, 2023. There were 293 active commissioned pastors and 1195 active ministers as of that date.