Corps of Pastors USA-Can 2006

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This continues a series of studies of the corps of pastors in the Church of the Nazarene. In 1988 the Research Center, responding to a request from the Board of General Superintendents, conducted an analysis of the corps of pastors of the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada. In the fall of 1996 a second study was conducted at the request of the Pastoral Ministries Director. This 2006 report describes the corps now and makes some comparisons with the patterns observed in 1988 and 1996. The primary source of data for the series has been the ministerial records maintained by the General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene. 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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