Corps of Pastors USA-Can 1996

White Paper

In 1988 the Research Center of the Church Growth Division conducted an analysis of the corps of pastors of the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada.  Data for ministers serving in the role of pastor on November 1, 1987, were examined in that study.  In the fall of 1995 Wilbur W. Brannon, Pastoral Ministries Director, asked the Church Growth Research Center to conduct a comparable study.  At the end of November in 1995 similar data were obtained for the 4,891 Nazarene pastors in the United States and Canada.  The primary source of data was the role histories maintained by the General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene, Jack K. Stone.  This report describes the corps and makes some comparisons with the patterns observed in 1988.  In the report the terms “pastor” and “pastoral” are used to distinguish these from other ministerial assignments.  When the terms “minister” or “ministerial”  are used, they refer to all ministerial roles.


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