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Age and Tenure Among Indianapolis Clergy

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Title: Age and Tenure Among Indianapolis Clergy
Author: Farnsley, Arthur E. II
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Abstract: The average Indianapolis pastor is a 50-year-old male. Full-time ministry is usually his second career. He is currently at his fourth ministerial post. These are some of the raw facts that emerge from the initial scan of a database that now includes more than 500 clergy in the city. There is a suggestive similarity between the age of clergy and the age of parishioners. In short: mature adults are over-represented by half in the average congregation we studied. Clergy are older, on average, than other professionals such as teachers. These two facts together do not prove a correlation, but they certainly suggest one.
Date: 1998-04
Series/Report: vol.1 no.6;
Appears in Collections: Research Notes 1997-2001


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