OTHER INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS

Here are two questions I thought you might find interesting

Question 1 – What influence did the pastor’s age have in their responses?
Question 2 – How did responses differ between pastors whose plans were developed internally verses externally?

 
Question 1 – What influence did the pastor’s age have in their responses?

39% of all pastors surveyed responded as having a plan in place. Here is the response summary by age group.

Plan No Plan
Busters (27-45) 32% 67%
Boomers (46-64) 42% 58%
Elders (65+) 39% 60%

Observation:
I was surprised to see how similar the response rates were. I would have guessed the older leaders would have a plan in place by a wider margin.

Is there an obvious correlation between the respondent’s age and whether or not their plan was developed internally or externally?

Internally Externally
Busters (27-45) 64% 30%
Boomers (46-64) 51% 33%
Elders (65+) 62% 36%

There doesn’t appear to be a connection here.

How did the pastors in different age groups rate their succession plans?

Busters Boomers Elders
Cutting Edge 2% 10% 12%
Above Average 42% 29% 32%
Average 50% 50% 49%
Below Average 2% 5% 5%
Poor 2% 2% 2%
Not Sure 2% 4% 0%

Again, age does not seem to have much of an influence, even though there is a 10% separation between Busters and Elders in how they graded themselves in the Above Average and Cutting Edge categories.

What is the interest level in succession planning resources by age?

  Busters Boomers Elders
Definitely 11% 12% 16%
Probably 22% 26% 24%
Probably Not 41% 33% 31%
Definitely Not 24% 28% 26%
Not Sure 2% 1% 3%

I was SHOCKED to see that Boomers and Elders did not express a higher interest level than they did.

Question 2 – How did responses differ between pastors whose plans were developed internally verses externally?

Internal verses External in how they rated their plan.

  Internal External
Cutting Edge 11% 3%
Above Average 30% 37%
Average 52% 46%
Below Average 2% 9%
Poor 2% 3%
Not Sure 3% 2%

Pastors that developed their plans internally tended to evaluate themselves higher than pastors in contexts where the planning is done externally. It is important to note, however, the margin of difference is not big enough to definitively state that one group perceives their process any differently than the other.

Internal – 83% evaluated their plans as “Average” or higher
External – 86% evaluated their plans as “Average” or higher

Internal verses external in how interested the pastors are in succession planning resources.

All Internal External
Definitely 12% 17% 9%
Probably 24% 30% 24%
Probably Not 35% 32% 35%
Definitely Not 27% 20% 32%
Not Sure 2% 1% 0%

The “All” category is a measurement of everyone surveyed, even those who did not have a plan in place. The “Internal” and “External” responses are categories of those who said they have a plan in place.

It does appear that pastors who develop their plans internally tend to express a higher interested in resources than pastors that have their plans developed externally.

Here is a list of all the posts in this series…