Saturday, May 18, 2013

What Do Pastors Read?

Here is the synopsis of a recent Barna Group survey of Protestant pastors:
  • There are approximately 315,000 Protestant churches in America.  (As compared to 13,000 McDonalds and 4000 Walmarts).
  • Pastors buy 3.8 books per month per person
  • 92% of pastors by at least one book per month
  • Pastors buy 8-13 million books per year. 
  • Pastors buy more books than the general population.
  • Younger pastors buy more books than older pastors.
  • Pastors buy books on topics that interest them or that are recommended to them.
  • Half of pastors are reading biographies.
  • One-third of pastors are reading business books.
  •  Pastors buy most of their books at Christian bookstores and online.
  • Half of pastors read books on an e-reader of an iPad.
  • 90% of pastors recommend books to their congregations from the pulpit.