23 April 2015

The Magic Begins At 281 (Study Update)

After many hours of sifting through electronic and paper study responses, I'm excited to announce that a whopping 281 people shared their story in our clergy family study. Considering that our goal was 100 participants to maintain anonymity and give a reasonably broad insight into clergy life, we are absolutely thrilled and honoured!

A HUGE thanks goes out to all the churches, individuals, businesses, and universities that promoted this study. With their help the conversation has started, and we hope with this study and its results, it will continue to establish a supportive and resourceful era for clergy and their families.

So what's next? Now that we have all this lovely data, the next stage is analysis.
This takes a while! We will spend the next few months working on what are called 'preliminary findings' (noticeable patterns in the data that begin to emerge as you look at the experiences others provide you with). Once we have thoroughly analysed the data we begin creating a formal paper that can be used to release the formal results that churches, groups and individuals can access. These results will point us in the direction of areas to be celebrated, acknowledged, changed, or researched further. I won't get into the nitty gritty (I do confess to being a bit of a numbers geek!), but I will say that we intend to be as thorough as possible to best represent what these awesome 281 people have entrusted to us.

On another note, I'm very excited to have been asked to do a talk for a women's group later this year about this study. The request did get me thinking about doing other talks, or even running an information evening when the results are ready to be published. If anyone Is interested, I would love to talk to you about possibilities (email: clergyfamiliesau@gmail.com).

Have a lovely evening.
~ Rachel