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PERSINF1 from Survey of Students in Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (First person)? (PERSINF1)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general396.4
11) Mother91.5
12) Father132.1
14) Spouse396.4
15) Other relatives132.1
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)264.3
21) Pastor in childhood or youth274.5
22) Pastor in current (home) church19031.4
24) Women pastors152.5
25) Judicatory staff/executive (Presbytery, Synod, National)101.7
26) Campus minister223.6
27) Seminary intern50.8
28) Other clergy friends233.8
29) Other clergy244.0
30) Teachers - general40.7
31) Sunday school teachers61.0
32) College teachers203.3
33) Seminary teachers30.5
34) Director of Church Education or Youth Ministry183.0
39) Other teachers20.3
40) Church members, my church in general132.1
41) Elders or officers30.5
42) Lay people81.3
49) Other categories20.3
50) Friends - general528.6
60) Inner influences10.2
61) Authors (e.g., Bonhoeffer)20.3
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit162.6
TOTAL605100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PERSINF2 from Survey of Students in Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second person)? (PERSINF2)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general308.0
11) Mother71.9
12) Father102.7
13) Siblings20.5
14) Spouse184.8
15) Other relatives41.1
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)102.7
21) Pastor in childhood or youth61.6
22) Pastor in current (home) church6417.2
23) Pastors spouse30.8
24) Women pastors92.4
25) Judicatory staff/executive (Presbytery, Synod, National)133.5
26) Campus minister133.5
28) Other clergy friends123.2
29) Other clergy195.1
30) Teachers - general30.8
31) Sunday school teachers30.8
32) College teachers215.6
33) Seminary teachers51.3
34) Director of Church Education or Youth Ministry112.9
39) Other teachers61.6
40) Church members, my church in general225.9
41) Elders or officers82.1
42) Lay people164.3
49) Other categories51.3
50) Friends - general4812.9
61) Authors (e.g., Bonhoeffer)20.5
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit30.8
TOTAL373100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PERSINF1 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (First person)? (PERSINF1)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general857.9
11) Mother201.9
12) Father292.7
13) Siblings30.3
14) Spouse343.2
15) Other relatives151.4
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)302.8
21) Pastor in childhood or youth635.9
22) Pastor in current (home) church35733.2
23) Pastors spouse50.5
24) Women pastors201.9
25) Judicatory staff/executive (Presbytery, Synod, National)90.8
26) Campus minister262.4
27) Seminary intern80.7
28) Other clergy friends565.2
29) Other clergy565.2
30) Teachers - general10.1
31) Sunday school teachers60.6
32) College teachers413.8
33) Seminary teachers141.3
34) Director of Christian Education or Youth Ministry403.7
39) Other teachers100.9
40) Church members, my church in general383.5
41) Elders or officers90.8
42) Lay people121.1
49) Other categories30.3
50) Friends - general575.3
61) Authors (e.g., Bonhoeffer)10.1
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit282.6
TOTAL1076100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PERSINF2 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second person)? (PERSINF2)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general285.7
11) Mother71.4
12) Father102.0
13) Siblings20.4
14) Spouse173.4
15) Other relatives122.4
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)40.8
21) Pastor in childhood or youth153.0
22) Pastor in current (home) church6713.6
23) Pastors spouse10.2
24) Women pastors61.2
25) Judicatory staff/executive (Presbytery, Synod, National)61.2
26) Campus minister193.8
27) Seminary intern30.6
28) Other clergy friends265.3
29) Other clergy234.7
30) Teachers - general40.8
31) Sunday school teachers81.6
32) College teachers234.7
33) Seminary teachers51.0
34) Director of Christian Education or Youth Ministry214.3
39) Other teachers71.4
40) Church members, my church in general499.9
41) Elders or officers102.0
42) Lay people173.4
49) Other categories30.6
50) Friends - general8918.0
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit122.4
TOTAL494100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PERSINF1 from Survey of Presbyterian Students in Non-Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (First person)? (PERSINF1)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general146.1
11) Mother52.2
12) Father52.2
14) Spouse146.1
15) Other relatives20.9
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)52.2
21) Pastor in childhood or youth73.0
22) Pastor in current (home) church8034.6
24) Women pastors62.6
26) Campus minister93.9
27) Seminary intern10.4
28) Other clergy friends156.5
29) Other clergy135.6
31) Sunday school teachers10.4
32) College teachers20.9
34) Director of Church Education or Youth Ministry104.3
39) Other teachers31.3
40) Church members, my church in general83.5
41) Elders or officers20.9
42) Lay people52.2
50) Friends - general229.5
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit20.9
TOTAL231100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


PERSINF2 from Survey of Presbyterian Students in Non-Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What persons mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second person)? (PERSINF2)
TOTAL%
10) Family, parents, general107.2
12) Father10.7
14) Spouse53.6
20) Clergy - general (role models, etc.)10.7
21) Pastor in childhood or youth32.2
22) Pastor in current (home) church1410.1
24) Women pastors32.2
25) Judicatory staff/executive (Presbytery, Synod, National)42.9
26) Campus minister42.9
27) Seminary intern21.4
28) Other clergy friends107.2
29) Other clergy75.1
30) Teachers - general21.4
31) Sunday school teachers10.7
32) College teachers64.3
33) Seminary teachers42.9
34) Director of Church Education or Youth Ministry53.6
39) Other teachers10.7
40) Church members, my church in general139.4
41) Elders or officers10.7
42) Lay people53.6
49) Other categories32.2
50) Friends - general3223.2
62) God, Christ, Holy Spirit10.7
TOTAL138100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF1 from Survey of Students in Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (First experience)? (EXPINF1)
TOTAL%
10) Inner experiences and imperatives, general102.2
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit9821.6
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences173.7
13) Prayer and fasting, seeking71.5
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry102.2
15) Desire to study, to know81.8
16) Desire to lead, love of the work40.9
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call40.9
19) Other inner experiences163.5
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general61.3
21) Help in need (poverty, illness)20.4
22) Youth program in high school81.8
23) Church camping92.0
29) Other benefits10.2
30) Work within church organization.173.7
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc.)4810.6
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)204.4
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups92.0
34) Social services activities81.8
35) Youth program leadership184.0
39) Other church work204.4
40) Other organizational influences10.2
41) College student group112.4
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)71.5
43) Conference and retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)255.5
44) Work experience: teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.153.3
45) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or chaplaincy/clinical experiences61.3
49) Others30.7
50) Miscellaneous experiences: general30.7
51) Classes, films, books102.2
52) Personal illness, disability20.4
53) Events relating to women in church40.9
54) Life situations - general153.3
59) Other miscellaneous experiences122.6
TOTAL454100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF2 from Survey of Students in Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second experience)? (EXPINF2)
TOTAL%
10) Inner experiences and imperatives, general42.1
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit115.9
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences73.7
13) Prayer and fasting, seeking21.1
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry73.7
15) Desire to study, to know31.6
16) Desire to lead, love of the work73.7
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call31.6
19) Other inner experiences73.7
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general10.5
21) Help in need (poverty, illness)21.1
22) Youth program in high school31.6
23) Church camping21.1
29) Other benefits10.5
30) Work within church organization.73.7
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc.)1910.2
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)115.9
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups52.7
34) Social services activities52.7
35) Youth program leadership94.8
39) Other church work52.7
40) Other organizational influences10.5
41) College student group63.2
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)52.7
43) Conference and retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)73.7
44) Work experience: teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.126.4
45) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or chaplaincy/clinical experiences31.6
49) Others10.5
50) Miscellaneous experiences: general10.5
51) Classes, films, books42.1
52) Personal illness, disability10.5
53) Events relating to women in church52.7
54) Life situations - general179.1
59) Other miscellaneous experiences31.6
TOTAL187100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFEENT4 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH AND OTHER FACTORS LED THEM TO ENTER THE PARISH MINISTRY: What led you to enter parish ministry? - Other mention (LIFEENT4)
TOTAL%
10) Need income and benefits12.0
11) I just knew that I had to be inside.12.0
12) Needs of my religious community12.0
13) Enjoy work and almost can live on the salary12.0
14) Always involved in parish ministry12.0
15) New challenge/time to move on12.0
16) Desire to live faith openly12.0
17) Need to support children12.0
18) Needed a job24.1
19) Discernment24.1
20) Opportunity for employment related to my training12.0
21) Wanted to work with specific groups12.0
22) Time to move on12.0
24) Felt I had something to offer12.0
25) Seminary12.0
26) Felt called by God48.2
27) Contribute to the viability of the ministry12.0
28) Saw a need for ministry to the sick and elderly12.0
29) What was open to the laity12.0
30) Out of college looking for work12.0
31) Poverty of spiritual opportunity for adults12.0
32) Allowed me to be a wife/mother and to work12.0
33) Wanted to work for the Church12.0
34) Couldnt find a teaching job12.0
35) Asked by a superior12.0
36) Wanted to change from a secular position12.0
37) Work and people12.0
38) Desire to teach faith to children12.0
39) Began teaching religion at 1512.0
40) Pastor retired and wasnt replaced12.0
41) College/young adults12.0
42) Needed more in life12.0
43) Religious director resigned12.0
44) Assignment12.0
45) Need to help others in their faith12.0
46) New job/ministry position12.0
47) Community needed to fill position12.0
48) Strengthen teens religion12.0
49) Ordained deacon12.0
50) Experienced a sense of community12.0
51) Wanted to work with teens12.0
52) Desire to let poor know Gods love12.0
53) Through Jesuit volunteer corporation12.0
54) Only thing when I needed12.0
TOTAL49100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFEENT1 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: What led you to enter parish ministry? - First factor (LIFEENT1)
TOTAL%
1) Lost my previous ministry position72.8
2) Attracted by the variety in parish life4216.6
3) Like ministry in a local community2610.3
4) Invited by the pastor4618.2
5) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor166.3
6) Wanted to work with particular ethnic/income group52.0
7) Best fit my area of competence and interests6224.5
8) Wanted a change of ministry2811.1
9) Other218.3
TOTAL253100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFEENT2 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: What led you to enter parish ministry? Second factor (LIFEENT2)
TOTAL%
1) Lost my previous ministry position41.7
2) Attracted by the variety in parish life4218.3
3) Like ministry in a local community4117.8
4) Invited by the pastor2912.6
5) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor208.7
6) Wanted to work with particular ethnic/income group20.9
7) Best fit my area of competence and interests6829.6
8) Wanted a change of ministry156.5
9) Other93.9
TOTAL230100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFEENT3 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: What led you to enter parish ministry? - Third factor (LIFEENT3)
TOTAL%
1) Lost my previous ministry position10.5
2) Attracted by the variety in parish life4320.4
3) Like ministry in a local community4119.4
4) Invited by the pastor199.0
5) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor115.2
6) Wanted to work with particular ethnic/income group104.7
7) Best fit my area of competence and interests5526.1
8) Wanted a change of ministry188.5
9) Other136.2
TOTAL211100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFENOT1 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID NOT AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: Identify which of the following factors most influenced your taking a position in parish ministry. - First factor (LIFENOT1)
TOTAL%
1) Response to Gods call2828.9
2) Invited by the pastor2121.6
3) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor2020.6
4) Encouragement by family11.0
5) Encouragement by friends44.1
6) To be of service to the Church (in general)22.1
7) To be of service to the parish (in particular)44.1
8) To be of service to people66.2
10) Wanted to work in a supportive environment11.0
11) The job fit my circumstances44.1
12) Wanted to be part of the church in a more active way22.1
13) Other44.1
TOTAL97100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFENOT2 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID NOT AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: Identify which of the following factors most influenced your taking a position in parish ministry. - Second factor (LIFENOT2)
TOTAL%
1) Response to Gods call1111.6
2) Invited by the pastor99.5
3) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor99.5
4) Encouragement by family33.2
5) Encouragement by friends22.1
6) To be of service to the Church (in general)88.4
7) To be of service to the parish (in particular)1616.8
8) To be of service to people1111.6
9) To enhance my spiritual life44.2
10) Wanted to work in a supportive environment22.1
11) The job fit my circumstances1313.7
12) Wanted to be part of the church in a more active way55.3
13) Other22.1
TOTAL95100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFENOT3 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID NOT AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: Identify which of the following factors most influenced your taking a position in parish ministry. - Third factor (LIFENOT3)
TOTAL%
1) Response to Gods call88.4
2) Invited by the pastor44.2
3) Invited by a parish leader other than the pastor55.3
4) Encouragement by family88.4
5) Encouragement by friends77.4
6) To be of service to the Church (in general)33.2
7) To be of service to the parish (in particular)77.4
8) To be of service to people1717.9
9) To enhance my spiritual life77.4
10) Wanted to work in a supportive environment33.2
11) The job fit my circumstances1212.6
12) Wanted to be part of the church in a more active way1313.7
13) Other11.1
TOTAL95100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


LIFENOT4 from New Parish Ministers Survey of Lay and Religious, 1992
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY DID NOT AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES DETERMINE TO PURSUE A LIFETIME MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: Identify which of the following factors most influenced your taking a position in parish ministry. - Other mention (LIFENOT4)
TOTAL%
14) Mother superior114.3
15) Job fit my talents at the time114.3
16) I volunteered for five years/thought it was fun114.3
17) Vested interest in my own child114.3
18) The need was evident.114.3
19) Help youth114.3
20) Help my husband and share his ministry114.3
TOTAL7100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF1 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (First experience)? (EXPINF1)
TOTAL%
10) Inner experiences and imperatives, general91.1
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit13316.7
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences354.4
13) Prayer and fasting, seeking151.9
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry263.3
15) Desire to study, to know121.5
16) Desire to lead, love of the work81.0
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call50.6
19) Other inner experiences172.1
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general182.3
21) Help in need (poverty, illness)20.3
22) Youth program in high school405.0
23) Church camping344.3
29) Other benefits50.6
30) Work within church organization232.9
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc..)11614.5
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)243.0
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups60.8
34) Social services activities131.6
35) Youth program leadership506.3
39) Other church work232.9
40) Other organizational influences20.3
41) College student group121.5
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)222.8
43) Conference & retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)273.4
44) Work experience: teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.273.4
45) Clinical Pastoral Educ (CPE) or chaplaincy/clinical expers70.9
49) Others:60.8
51) Classes, films, books131.6
52) Personal illness, disability40.5
53) Events relating to women in church70.9
54) Life situations - general465.8
59) Other misc. experiences111.4
TOTAL798100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF2 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second experience)? (EXPINF2)
TOTAL%
10) Inner experiences and imperatives, general10.4
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit155.7
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences114.2
13) Prayer and fasting, seeking51.9
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry135.0
15) Desire to study, to know41.5
16) Desire to lead, love of the work93.4
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call41.5
19) Other inner experiences51.9
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general31.1
21) Help in need (poverty, illness)10.4
22) Youth program in high school83.1
23) Church camping103.8
29) Other benefits31.1
30) Work within church organization93.4
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc..)249.2
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)41.5
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups83.1
34) Social services activities31.1
35) Youth program leadership166.1
39) Other church work155.7
41) College student group72.7
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)124.6
43) Conference & retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)124.6
44) Work experience: teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.176.5
45) Clinical Pastoral Educ (CPE) or chaplaincy/clinical expers31.1
49) Others:41.5
51) Classes, films, books41.5
52) Personal illness, disability20.8
53) Events relating to women in church41.5
54) Life situations - general249.2
59) Other misc. experiences10.4
TOTAL261100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


WHYENT2 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What led you to leave your prior work and enter theological school? (Type of first response) (WHYENT2)
TOTAL%
1) Long-standing sense of call from God - delayed or interrupted26341.9
2) New or sudden or urgent sense of call from God254.0
3) Push factors associated with circumstances - work, life situation, etc.15825.2
4) Responding to needs of church233.7
5) Attracted to school by its reputation, program or offerings40.6
6) Sense of own talent, ability, interest, aptitude for work of ministry7411.8
7) Need training to do ones ministry609.6
8) Need legitimacy, credentials, basis for official acceptance162.5
9) Women now accepted in ministry50.8
TOTAL628100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


WHYENT4 from Survey of Alumni/ae of Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
What led you to leave your prior work and enter theological school? (Type of second response) (WHYENT4)
TOTAL%
1) Long-standing sense of call from God - delayed or interrupted31.7
2) New or sudden or urgent sense of call from God10.6
3) Push factors associated with circumstances - work, life situation, etc.5732.0
4) Responding to needs of church126.7
5) Attracted to school by its reputation, program or offerings21.1
6) Sense of own talent, ability, interest, aptitude for work of ministry5229.2
7) Need training to do ones ministry2614.6
8) Need legitimacy, credentials, basis for official acceptance126.7
9) Women now accepted in ministry137.3
TOTAL178100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF1 from Survey of Presbyterian Students in Non-Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry(First experience)? (EXPINF1)
TOTAL%
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit3819.3
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences63.0
13) Prayer and fasting, seeking73.6
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry84.1
15) Desire to study, to know84.1
16) Desire to lead, love of the work21.0
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call10.5
19) Other inner experiences94.6
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general31.5
22) Youth program in high school10.5
30) Work within church organization63.0
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc.)189.1
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)126.1
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups21.0
34) Social services activities31.5
35) Youth program leadership189.1
39) Other church work94.6
41) College student group10.5
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)52.5
43) Conference and retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)157.6
44) Work experience: teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.63.0
49) Others21.0
51) Classes, films, books42.0
52) Personal illness, disability42.0
53) Events relating to women in church10.5
54) Life situations - general73.6
59) Other miscellaneous experiences10.5
TOTAL197100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


EXPINF2 from Survey of Presbyterian Students in Non-Presbyterian Theological Schools, 1990
ASKED ONLY OF THOSE STUDENTS IN M.DIV PROGRAMS: What experiences mainly encouraged you to enter the ministry (Second Experience)? (EXPINF2)
TOTAL%
11) Experience of call by God, Scriptures, Holy Spirit65.6
12) Born again, conversion, faith experiences10.9
14) Sense of confirmation of talents and gifts for ministry76.5
15) Desire to study, to know21.9
16) Desire to lead, love of the work10.9
17) Imperative to act on commitment, be accountable for call21.9
19) Other inner experiences43.7
20) Benefits of churchs program in youth - general10.9
23) Church camping21.9
30) Work within church organization65.6
31) Taking leadership in home church (teaching, preaching, etc.)1312.1
32) Mission trips (VIM, summer)87.5
33) Working in judicatory or on task forces or ecumenical groups76.5
34) Social services activities43.7
35) Youth program leadership54.7
39) Other church work43.7
42) College experiences (e.g., social action, etc.)32.8
43) Conference and retreat experiences (e.g., Montreat, Youth Triennium, Young Life, Inter-Varsity)65.6
44) Work experience teaching, parenting, weapons design, etc.32.8
45) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or chaplaincy/clinical experiences10.9
49) Others21.9
51) Classes, films, books10.9
52) Personal illness, disability32.8
53) Events relating to women in church10.9
54) Life situations - general1312.1
59) Other miscellaneous experiences10.9
TOTAL107100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


 

Subcategories
EncouragementThis question type asks the respondent who, iif anyone, provided encouragement for joining the ministry.
Personal ReasonsThis question type asks the respondent about particular reasons for entering the ministry.

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