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Online ministry studies

 

Online ministry studies

The many models, expectations and challenges of ministry are changing and evolving daily in our post-modern world.  As we seek to understand and respond to these changes — thereby finding ways to better prepare and support those who answer the call to ministry today — we find that research is a helpful tool.  We hope that you will find some of the ministry studies we have collected here to be equally enlightening and useful.

  • Alban Institute Becoming a Pastor; Reflections on the Transition Into Ministry 2008
    This report calls attention to a promising set of new experiments that have the potential to make a collective impact on the way people enter pastoral ministry in the 21st century.
  • Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education
    Auburn Center Background Reports present background essays and information prepared in the course of research projects on such topics as seminary students, theological education and student indebtedness.
  • Hartford Institute for Religion Research
    Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a 32-year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning.
  • PC(USA) Research Services Reports
    Explore reports on trends and statistics.
  • Interim Ministry Research
    The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS) asked the PC(USA) Office of Research Services to conduct a study on the effectiveness of Interim Pastors in helping congregations.
  • 2007-2008 Commissioned Lay Pastor Research
    The ministry of Commissioned Lay Pastors is developed by presbyteries in response to their mission needs.
  • Pulpit and Pew National Clergy Survey
    Explore research on pastoral leadership.
  • Pulpit and Pew Research Reports
    Publications related to equipping churches.
  • Report of the GAMC Mission Work Plan Hard to Call Project Team September 2006 
    Small churches are more resilient than we often assume they are, and more of them have pastoral leadership than we once thought. But small congregations need care and attention and effective leadership from presbyteries as well as from their sessions and pastoral leaders if they are going to thrive and grow spiritually and in membership. Download the report to see more.
  • A Study of the Effectiveness of Interim Pastors
    The Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists (APIMS) asked the PC(USA) Office of Research Services to conduct a study on the effectiveness of interim pastors in helping congregations.  The study surveyed executive presbyters, COM chairs, clerks of sessions and pastors who followed an interim. See the results.