A 2013 Gallup Poll showed a decline in the trust factor for ministers. Only 47 percent of respondents expressed trust in the integrity of clergy. In the past, clergy have ranked near the top. On the other hand, ministers did better on the survey than journalists who had a score of 20 percent and members of congress who got a score of 8 percent. The lowest on the survey were lobbyists at 6 percent. Who was highest in the poll for trustworthiness? Nurses—who had the confidence of 80 percent of the respondents. Clearly those of us who serve the church as ministers have a lot of work to do to restore the public’s confidence.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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