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Local churches collaborating to address pastor shortage


Last updated 1/18/2022 at 11:40am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Cory Pierson poses for a photograph. Pierson said finding pastors for churches in places like Havre and Chinook - the Presbyterian churches in those towns have been looking for a pastor since April - is difficult. The word rural scares off a lot of potential pastors, Pierson said.

As with much of rural America, the Hi-Line is facing an ongoing shortage of pastors, but local churches and their leadership have been discussing a number of ideas that may address the issue, like sharing pastors and increasing lay participation.

Among the denominations discussing the issue are the Presbyterian churches in the area, which Cory Pierson of Havre First Presbyterian Church said are looking at the possibility of creating a combined inter-denominational parish in the area along with their fellow Christians of the Methodist and Lutheran faiths.

Pierson said the various churches...

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