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Lutherans back clergy with continuing ed money

Lutheran pastors — more than clergy of any other Protestant denomination — say they get enough funds for continuing education through classes, seminars or conferences.

The 61 percent who rated their budget as "sufficient" was followed next by Presbyterian clergy, 56 percent of whom were satisfied. Pentecostals, with 30 percent saying they were satisfied, ranked last among the groups surveyed in the study by Ellison Research, Phoenix. The study showed that ministers in mainline churches are more likely to further their education than those in evangelical churches.

And what do Lutherans study? Nearly tied are programs on leadership management (44 percent) and evangelism/outreach (42 percent). Worship planning and ideas follow (38 percent). Also popular are personal skills training (29 percent) and church growth and discipleship/small groups (both 28 percent).


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