The News Item below does not surprise me. Right now, there is a shortage of pastors in our area, and there are probably 20 former pastors who belong to our congregation! "Small Kentucky churches face vacancies in pulpit August 24, 2008 12:26 PM LOUISVILLE, Ky. Some churches are in need of what many may consider an absolute necessity for a house of worship. Churches of a variety of denominations do not have permanent pastors. Eight churches in Kentucky's West Union Baptist Association are without pastors. The association is composed of Southern Baptist churches in McCracken and Ballard counties. Eight more are without pastors in another association made up of churches in Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties. Dr. Rick Dye of the Paducah district of the United Methodist Church says Methodist churches are reaching a national crisis. The Rev. Ray Provow of the West Kentucky Baptist Association says that preachers retiring earlier contributes to the shortage of pastors. He says merging some smaller churches may be the answer."