The number of clergy in rural Montana has declined in recent years; pastors remain dedicated to serv
The number of clergy in rural Montana has declined in recent years; pastors remain dedicated to serving the Lord
There is a shortage of pastors on the Hi-Line. It's a problem now common across denominations and across the country, particularly in its vast rural stretches.
"The difficulty at this point is that we don't have as many people going into the ministry as we have openings," said the Rev. Jessica Crist of Great Falls. "We always have more churches needing pastors than we have pastors coming out of seminary."
Crist, assistant to Bishop Rich Omland of the Evangelical Lutheran Church i...