A Harvard-trained sociologist, Ault immersed himself in the life of a fundamentalist Baptist congregation in northwest Massachusetts. A great read as well as a chance to see the human beings beyond the stereotypes.
Is there a clergy crisis in the United States? Catholics and Protestants report that fewer candidates than needed are entering the ministry, and a large number of practicing clergy are approaching retirement. The social status of clergy has declined, and ordained women have hit a stained-glass ceiling within the church.