Survey shows that pastoral posts still attract and satisfy

Low attrition
Recent surveys have indicated that clergy are generally quite satisfied with their profession. But what about the men and women who are in seminary or who are fresh from seminary and face the demands of congregational service or the challenges of other ministries? How do they feel about ministry?

A newly published study has found that increasing numbers of seminarians favor the vocation of parish ministry by the time of graduation, and that the attrition rate of ministers in congregations is as low as 1 percent annually in the first 10 years.

Despite concerns that more and more seminarians in North America are pursuing master of arts degrees rather than the church-oriented master of divinity degree (M.Div.), researchers said they see a pattern of students gravitating toward congregational ministry.


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