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In Trust newsletter logo April 30, 2014

Seminaries are launching pads

NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterBarrett Owen works in the admissions office at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.

He’s 29 years old, has two master’s degrees, and has been working as a bivocational pastor for six years.

If you know anything about today’s seminarian, you know that Barrett is not alone. Thousands of theological school students are like him.


News on demographics, essential skills, and more

Last year, In Trust published a report by Barbara Wheeler titled “Sobering Figures Point to Overall Enrollment Decline.”

That article’s influence continues to grow.

Most recently, it was cited in “Seminaries Continue to Attract Older Students,” an article that award-winning journalist Yonat Shimron wrote for the website Insights into Religion.



What do professors do all day?

Professor at New Student OrientationWhat do professors do all day? Jonathan Ziker, an anthropologist at Boise State University, tackled the work of finding answers.

During structured interviews, subjects were asked to report everything they did from 4 a.m. the previous day until 4 a.m. on the current day.

On average, faculty participants reported working 61 hours per week. They worked 10 hours per day Monday to Friday.



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