John has a gift for hyperbole, but I don't think he's too far off in this case. But why?
I haven't done any investigation into this. I'm actually intrigued by this topic and would like to look into it more. But my gut tells me that there are a handful of factors working against the single pastor (all speculative, based on observation alone):
- Many (most?) Christians view marriage as a necessary condition of maturity in the Kingdom. (It doesn't stop there, by the way-- following this line of reasoning, having children makes one more mature than being married, while having teenagers increases maturity more still, and having grown children-- and grandchildren-- increase it even more.)
- Without knowing any stats on this, I would speculate that the married portion of the adults in the Church represent much more than half. Singles are simply outnumbered in most, if not all, churches.
- Most people want their pastor to be almost exactly like themselves-- or rather, the selves that they wish they could be. Think "me on my best day spiritually, mentally, physically" and you've got the picture that the average Christian thinks of when they think of the perfect pastor. (If this is true, it may suggest that an overweight pastor will face a similar difficulty.)
I'd love to get some feedback on this one. What do you think-- how far off am I?