Quarterly Publication of the American Statistical Association Volume 17, Nos. 129-136
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...Many reports of individual denominations are, however, vitiated by lack of clarity in the original definition of "member"; the Jewish congregations suffer by comparison here. The question of the sex distribution of members is of special interest at this time. There is no doubt that most denominations could be gynocracies, provided the female members could (and would) seize the reins and rule by majority power. Of the total reported in this connection (about 36,000,000), 56.1 per cent were female. A slight change from the figure of 1906 (56.5 per cent) is here to be noted. The crucial factor in any church is the clergy thereof. They at once represent the church and guide it. Facts concerning the quality of the rank and file of the membership being unavailable, we look to the discussion of the ministry to throw light on the the church. In all, 191,796 ministers were reported. Of these, 100,793 returned schedules, 95,702 giving fairly complete details. The first table to strike the attention is that of classification of ministers in church work. There are engaged in pastoral work 80,435. Of these, 64,899 are in pastoral work only--67.8 per cent of all reporting; 6,735 are pastors with other occupations. Of the 15,267 not in pastoral work, the "retired" are 6,702, the others being in denominational, educational, or evangelistic work, or in other occupations. So much attention is being paid to salaries in these days of rising costs of living that it is important to note that "in only thirty-one of the 104 denominations with five or more ministers who reported salaries was the average salary over $1,000, leaving seventy-three in which it was less than that amount. Specifically, the average salary for these thirty-one...
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