Pastors’ Reading Habits: How Much Do You Read?

I recently read an article from The Barna Group called “Reading Habits of Today’s Pastors”.  This article takes a look at one of the most reading professional groups– us pastors!  Here are some interesting statistics the article touches on:


  • Pastors buy 3.8 books per month per person—92% of whom buy at least one book per month—adding up to between 8 million and 13 million books per year!
  • Less than one-third (29%) of American adults (non-pastors) buy more than 10 books in the course of a year.
  • What are the most popular topics pastors shop for?  Spirituality, theology and leadership are the major topics followed by prayer, history, cultural trends and church practice.


So, this leads to a few questions for you:

  • How many books do you buy per month?
  • Do you have a system for effective reading?  (see tomorrow’s post for more)
  • What if you could double or even triple your reading rate? (again, see my blog again tomorrow)


Click here to read the complete article and view other trends within our profession as readers!

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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