Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Research On Pastors, Seminary, And Staff Requirements

By Brooklyn Lowery

Protestant pastors put high value on their seminary education and regularly integrate their learning into the way they lead and serve their congregations, newly released information from LifeWay Research shows.

The telephone survey of more than 1,000 Protestant pastors shows two-thirds have obtained at least a Master’s degree, and 71 percent strongly agree that they regularly use things they learned in their seminary classes.

Among the surveyed pastors, 85 percent say they have taken seminary classes, and 96 percent of that group say they would repeat those seminary classes if “they had it to do over again.”

The survey also examined the ongoing usefulness of seminary training, education and instruction. Seventy-one percent of seminary-educated pastors strongly agree with the statement, “I regularly use things that I learned in my seminary classes,” and 24 percent somewhat agree. Just 3 percent somewhat disagree, and only 1 percent strongly disagree with the statement.


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