Survey 2008

Complete Survey Results:

There are a total of 649 surveys completed of 6110 solicited.

This is 10.6 percent. A total of 296 (46%) left comments.

Evaluate The Finishers Initiative


Recall how you first learned about the Finishers Project
35 5 % Attended a Finishers Forum
49 8 % Church
66 10 % Mission Organization
19 3 % Radio
104 30 % Friend
197 30 % Web Search
85 13 % I cannot recall
94 14 % Other

What features of the Finishers Project are most valuable to you?
36 6 % Conferences
139 21 % Web Matching Service
266 41 % Information from/about mission agencies
107 16 % Mission agency contacts
23 4 % Information for my church
78 12 % Not applicable

How satisfied are you with your experience with the Finishers Project?
243 37 % Extremely satisfied
204 31 % Somewhat satisfied
158 24 % About as expected
33 5 % Somewhat dissatisfied
11 2 % Very dissatisfied

How do you view the Finishers Project? (Check all that apply)
302 46% As a tool to facilitate my missions interest (as an individual from the marketplace)
285 44% As a tool to facilitate my missions interest (as an individual in ministry)
128 20% As a tool to facilitate missions interest for my church
144 22% As a mobilzation organization I would like to know more about
161 25% As an organization I would like to work for or assist in some way
161 25% As an organization I might support in prayer
34 5% As an organization I might be willing to support financially

Your ministry/marketplace experience (Check all that apply)
123 19% Have moved from the marketplace into full-time missions ministry
31 5% Have moved from the marketplace into full-time local or church ministry
22 3% Have moved from full-time missions ministry into a full-time marketplace career
10 2% Have moved from full-time local or church ministry into a full-time marketplace career
20 3% Have been in full-time missions ministry much of my adult life
55 8% Have been in full-time local or church ministry much of my adult life
297 46% Have been in the marketplace much of my adult life
110 17% Now serving part-time in missions ministry
151 23% Now serving part-time in local or church ministry
178 27% In a career transition
140 22% Separated or retired from my primary career
67 10% None of the above apply

If you have taken a ministry assignment since your first contact with Finishers, what was the length of your assignment?
(Check all that apply)
72 11% One month or less
49 8% 1 - 6 months
43 7% 6 months - 2 years
60 9% Longer than 2 years
68 10% During this assignment I served part-time
431 66% During this assignment I served full time
0 0% None of the above apply

If you have taken or are planning short-term trip(s), the sponsor(s) are: (Check all that apply)
248 38% My church
42 6% A church I do not attend
147 23% A missions agency
113 17% On my own, alone or with an ad hoc group
118 18% On my own, with family and friends
219 34% None of the above apply

Planning short-term trip(s)? (Check all that apply)
144 22% Expect to go by the end of 2008
189 29% Expect to go by the end of 2009
352 54% Not sure for 2008 or 2009
 

Rank each item as to what hinders you from serving full time in missions:
 Extremely usefulProbably usefulSomewhat usefulNot very importantNo opinion
No sense of calling into missions. 19
11%
9
5%
19
11%
95
57%
26
15%
 
Willingness to move in the US, if needed 13
8%
31
19%
39
23%
62
37%
22
13%
 
Willingness to move overseas, if needed somewhere 21
13%
41
25%
26
16%
62
37%
17
10%
 
Adapting to a new culture and language 12
7%
31
18%
44
26%
63
38%
18
11%
 
Providing my own financial support 255
39%
126
19%
127
20%
95
15%
46
7%
 
Raising my own financial support 239
37%
155
24%
131
20%
78
12%
46
7%
 
Finding adequate medical care in a new location 74
11%
121
19%
199
31%
191
29%
64
10%
 
Separation from friends and family 62
2%
166
5%
217
6%
148
10%
56
3%
 
Not feeling close to God 15
2%
24
4%
66
10%
467
72%
77
12%
 
My spouse's feelings about serving in missions 72
11%
67
10%
85
13%
281
43%
144
22%
 
Giving up convenience of living in North America 16
2%
82
13%
189
29%
295
45%
67
10%
 


Indicate when you plan to retire or separate from your current career
210 32 % Already retired/separated from my first career(s)
40 6 % Will retire/separate within the next 12 months
84 13 % Will retire/separate within the next 1-3 years
90 14 % Will retire/separate within the next 4-6 years
225 35 % Conventional retirement is a long way off

If a compelling opportunity were to be presented to you, indicate when you could depart from your current career?
234 36 % Already departed from my first career(s)
179 28 % Could leave my career within the next 12 months
117 18 % Could leave my career within the next 1-3 years
76 12 % Could leave my career within the next 4-6 years
43 7 % I could not depart from my present career

To what degree would the availability of someone to assist with making the transition be helpful to you?
293 45 % Extremely helpful
242 37 % Somewhat helpful
114 18 % Not Helpful

By submitting my Personal Profile on the web ...
86 13 % I have made a successful connection with a ministry role
55 8 % I have discovered one or more roles that I am actively pursuing
41 6 % I have discovered one or more roles that I am interested in pursuing within the next year or two
79 12 % I have discovered one or more roles of interest, but so far none fit as hoped
176 27 % The time is not yet right for me/us to actively pursue a role in missions
73 11 % The time is right, but finances are a major issue preventing me/us from pursuing a role in missions
44 7 % The time is right, but family matters are a major issue preventing me/us from pursuing a role in missions
30 5 % I have not completed a profile on the web, but plan to do so in the near future
65 10 % I have not completed a profile on the web and do not plan to do so in the near future



Since you have completed a personal profile on the Finishers or MissionNext website in the past, please respond to the following questions

Is the information provided on the website clear and understandable regarding what happens when you submit the profile?
213 40 % Extremely clear and understandable
296 56 % Reasonably clear and understandable
21 4 % Not very clear and understandable

How many responses did you receive from mission agencies?
45 8 % None
243 46 % A few
208 39 % A good number
37 7 % Overwhelming number

Did you research the organizations listed as a match for your profile?
106 20 % Throughly
313 60 % Somewhat
107 20 % Not really

How many mission agencies did you take the initiative to contact?
197 37 % None
229 43 % A few by email
52 10 % A good number by email
51 10 % A few by phone
0 0 % A good number by phone

Did you find the agency representatives who contacted you helpful in your search for ministry opportunities?
262 55 % Most were very helpful
184 39 % Most were somewhat helpful
29 6 % Most were not helpful

Were some opportunities presented by the agencies a good fit for what you have in mind?
146 29 % Yes
230 45 % Somewhat
130 26 % Not really

How "user friendly" was your experience with the Finishers website overall?
154 30 % Very user friendly
239 46 % User friendly
107 21 % About as expected
14 3 % Frustrating
2 0 % Very Frustrating

How "user friendly" was your experience submitting a profile?
142 28 % Very user friendly
264 51 % User friendly
94 18 % About as expected
13 3 % Frustrating
2 0 % Very Frustrating

 

I would like to see the following on the Finishers website:
321 49% More information about possible positions
180 28% More information about agencies
110 17% More information about upcoming events
195 30% More information about making the transition from the markeplace to ministry
212 33% More stories from those who have made the transition from the markeplace to ministry
0 0% Other (Add coments below)
0 0% None of the above

Have you ever attended a Finishers Forum?
104 40 % Yes
539 56 % No

If so, where/when?
17 3% Chicago, IL 1998
0 0% Austin, TX 1999
12 2% Dallas, TX 2000
0 0% Detroit, MI 2000
3 0% Minneapolis (Roseville), MN 2000
3 0% Denver, CO 2000
10 2% Lancaster, PA 2001 or 2003
0 0% Fullerton, CA 2001
11 2% Indianapolis, IN 2002
10 2% Atlanta, GA 2002
5 1% Phoenix, AZ 2003
4 1% Charlotte, NC 2003
7 1% Danbury, CT 2004
0 0% Omaha, NE 2005
8 1% Colorado Springs, CO 2005
25 4% Fort Wayne, IN 2007
170 26% None of the above

Have you ever attended a Missions Conference with a Finishers Track?
65 20 % Yes
571 60 % No

If so, where?
11 2% ACMC National Conference 2003, Atlanta, GA
6 1% ACMC Conference, Bethel, CT
1 0% ACMC Conference, Delaware, MD
6 1% ACMC Conference, Modesto, CA
11 2% ACMC Conference, Pasadena, CA
4 1% ACMC Conference, PA
17 3% MissionConneXion (Mission Fest Northwest), Portland, OR
0 0% ACMC Conference, San Diego, CA
7 1% Missions Fest Seattle, Seattle, WA
2 0% ACMC Conference, Wichita
65 10% I cannot recall

If you visited a Finishers display or representative at a conference, did you find your experience to be:
60 9 % Very helpful
51 8 % Somewhat helpful
19 3 % About as expected
7 1 % Not helpful
418 64 % Not applicable

If you attended a Finishers event, select the best response:
21 3 % I discovered one or more roles that I am now working in
9 1 % I discovered one or more roles that I am actively pursuing
11 2 % I discovered one or more roles that I expect to pursue within the next year or two
26 4 % I discovered one or more roles of interest, but so far none fit as I had hoped
61 9 % The time is not yet right for me/us to actively pursue a role in missions
361 56 % No answer above is applicable