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For survey participants, the CTi research department used a random sample of a thousand LEADERSHIP subscribers. Each was mailed a survey and, two weeks later, a reminder post card. Some 49 percent responded. Since CTi survey responses are typically 26 percent, this survey apparently touched a nerve.

Respondents were 87 percent clergy and 13 percent lay. Of the clergy respondents:

-98 percent are male

-97 percent are married

-67 percent have children at home (households average 3.6 members, compared to 2.7 nationally)

-94 percent have finished college, 78 percent have a graduate degree, and 18 percent have a doctorate (19 percent of U.S. adults are college graduates)

-average age is about 43

-18 percent serve urban churches, 39 percent suburban, 32 percent small-town, and 11 percent rural

-average Sunday worship attendance is 301; 49 percent have between 50 and 200, 6 percent fewer than 50; and 45 percent greater than 200

-average number of years in ministry is 16.5

-43 percent are solo pastors, ...

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