ERIC Number: ED241680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Continuing Education of Parish Clergy. Report of a Survey.
A study examined the participation of ordained ministers in continuing education. Of some 5,400 questionnaires mailed to ministers of 12 Protestant denominations who lived throughout the United States and Canada, 1,984 usable responses were returned. Based on these responses, it would appear that the typical survey respondent was a 45-year-old white male seminary graduate who was ordained 16 years ago, has been in his present position for 5 years, is a full-time pastor, and receives a salary of $20,790 in addition to housing and insurance benefits. Well over one-third of the respondents said that they spent up to 20 days learning at home last year, and just over one-half of them reported spending 70 or more days in home study. The three factors that appeared to be the most influential to decisions of the clergy to participate in continuing education were a perception that the subject matter would contribute to increased competence for ministry, the existence of supportive relations within the parish and regional unit, and the presence of self-assessed continuing education and self-formulated goals. (Included in the report are 50 tables and a copy of the survey instrument.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Clergy, Continuing Education, Enrollment Trends, Influences, International Studies, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Religious Education, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation
Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry, 855 Locust Street, Collegeville, PA 19426 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry, Collegeville, PA.
Identifiers: Canada; Participatory Research; United States