Kenneth Crow is a church growth researcher for the Church of the Nazarene. His recent research has produced the following:
Circuit rider pastors
Twenty-seven Nazarene pastors in the U.S.A. and Canada pastor more than one church. That is 0.6% of the pastors. Twenty-six of those pastor two churches. One pastors three.
Thirty-one percent of Nazarene pastors in the U.S.A and Canada say they are bi-vocational. This is very similar to the 30% of Southern Baptist pastors who are bi-vocational.
Recent data showed that in the U.S.A. and Canada there were 150 Nazarene women pastors. This was 3.3% of the pastors.
Age of pastors
In a recent year, both the mean and the median age of Nazarene pastors in the U.S.A. and Canada was 49 years. That is about 2 years older than the median of 47 years reported in in a previous decade.
As baby boom age pastors move through the corps of Nazarene pastors, the average might be expected to continue to rise.
The average age of newly licensed ministers in the U.S.A and Canada has remained about the same over the last five years -- with a mean of 37 and a median of 36.
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