ERIC Number: ED072343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Pastors' Concerns in Continuing Education.
Saarinen, Martin F.
A survey was conducted among Lutheran pastors to: (1) identify their learning priorities; (2) determine the effect of longetivity on these priorities; (3) determine the differences in their learning priorities according to geographical location; and (4) determine their perceptions of the adequacy of learning resources available to them. A survey questionnaire was distributed to 700 pastors in the five synods supporting the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; 169, or 25 percent, completed and returned the questionnaire. The top priorities registered by all respondents were: (1) evaluate your personal ministry and career; (2) develop partnership for ministry with laymen; and (3) develop your own general counseling skills. Study of the effects of longevity revealed that the near-retirement group (36-40 year interval) seems to have more priorities in common with the youngest group (1-4 year interval) than with the middle-aged group (16-20 and 28-32 year interval). Resources considered to be most inadequate were those associated with improving specific ministerial skills. Significant differences were recorded in learning priorities in each age category from synod to synod. Suggestions for further study are made. Appendices provide contents of the questionnaire and data summaries. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC.
Note: Survey conducted from March through July 1972