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(RNS) The economy continues to weigh on pastors, with a new survey showing that nearly two-thirds say it has affected their churches negatively. By Adelle M. Banks.

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  1. OK, this is a little off topic, but why must you use “pastor” as the generic term for clergy? I call the guy who runs my church “priest” or “rector”–I don’t call my spiritual leader “pastor”, and neither do most Americans. They call their clergy “minister,” “priest,” “rabbi,”"imam” and some other things, but not “pastor.”

    So, could you please use a neutral term–like clergy, cleric, clergyman/clergywoman/clergyperson, religious leader or whatever? “Pastor” is Evangelical terminology. It’s a little irritating that even though Evangelicals are a minority, representing less than 1/4 of the American population, the media treats Evangelicalism as the religious industry standard and has adopted the Evangelical term as the generic designation for clergy.