2021 was a hard year to be a pastor. In fact, a recent study shows that a number of them are considering leaving the pulpit due to the countless difficulties of doing church ministry today.

Many of our top CT Pastors articles were concerned with what it means for clergy to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice issues, the deconstruction movement, and church abuse scandals.

Can the church and its congregants continue to set themselves apart from the culture of this world? How can pastors maintain their hope for the future after the deaths of mentors and the downfall of so many influencial church leaders? What can we learn from past abuse scandals and stories, like the rise and fall of Mars Hill Church? How can we listen to and love the skeptics and exvangelicals among us?

Mike Cosper’s Mars Hill podcast was one of the top trending topics among pastors, but there were also a few reminders of some good examples set for us in leaders like Gary Chapman, John Stott, and Thomas McKenzie.

These and the rest of our top 10 stories of 2021 are listed below in descending order, ending with the most read.

You can find these and other top CT stories of the year here, a number of which are also offered in hundreds of CT Global translations.











Check out the rest of our 2021 year-end lists here.