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National Ministry Survey

A Collaboration between DTS and Regent University

Dallas Theological Seminary is committed to training students effectively by staying current with contemporary pastoral care needs and relevant ministry preparation. Therefore, DTS and Regent University are teaming together in the collection and analysis of data in order to acquire a snapshot of the experiences of ministry staff in the evangelical church in 2014. This information includes (a) the general needs of individuals, couples and families in their congregations and (b) the specific needs expressed by congregations in the area of sexuality in light of the significant cultural changes over the last two decades.

Dr. Gary Barnes, DTS faculty member in the Biblical Counseling Department, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Professor and Rosemarie Scotti Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice at Regent University, are coordinating the study. They desire input from Christian organizations and churches throughout the country, including alumni pastors from DTS. Dr. Yarhouse recently spoke in chapel at DTS, and we have a Table podcast on sexuality with Dr. Gary Barnes and Dr. Darrell Bock.

This anonymous voluntary survey will provide essential information regarding the current challenges in the church today. We would like to invite all alums who are “church ministry leaders,” not just paid staff or individuals with a title of “pastor.” This includes grads serving as elders, deacons, board members, volunteer teaching pastors, or ministry leaders who have the training and the church ministry experience to significantly contribute to the survey. If at this time you are not serving in a leadership position in your church, we hope you would invite your church ministry leader to participate in the survey.

To complete the anonymous web-based questionnaire use this link:

General Survey

If you are in Youth ministry, or have a youth minister who could fill out a survey tailored to youth ministry, please use this link:

Youth Minister Survey

The information about the challenges you face in your frontline church ministries in pastoral care will be valuable in developing areas of ministry training. Your participation in this study will be greatly appreciated.

Many of you work with or know graduates from seminaries other than DTS. We would also love for them to participate in the survey. In order for them to do this, please ask them to email Dr. Gary Barnes directly at including their seminary and degree so they can receive their link for the survey.

Thank you!

In His service,

Greg Hatteberg
Director of Alumni