Finishers & MissionXplore Candidate Profile Summary

Finishers Project has been collecting information in a database form on the web since May 2000; however, profiles not updated within the past nine years have been dropped. The total number of family units (last names) currently stands at 10012. The total number of entries is 14536 individuals including spouses. From the database an up-to-the-minute summary of results is generated below.



Countries of Domicile Represented

What percentage of those that have placed their names on the Finishers Project web site indicate they live in North America or elsewhere?

Country
Percent
United States

89.8     

Canada

2.1     

All Others

8.1     



Process Stage

People make a self-evaluation as to where they are in the process of moving into missions from a career. What are the percentages in each process stage?

Process Stage
Percent
Beginning

64.1     

Investigating

26.9     

Deciding

9.0     

This is representative of missions-minded adults in America. Just under 10% are ready to decide which organization to join. However, most are exploring, open to be persuaded that personal involvement in the missions enterprise is a good life-choice for them. MissionNext is specifically designed to move people along from the early stages, so this profile should not be surprising.



Journey Guide Service Request

Since late 2012, 2398 candidates had the opportunity to take advantage of the free Journey Guide Service, a coaching option with seasoned life coaches. Here is how have they responded to the question, "Would you like to take advantage of the free Journey Guide service?"

Journey Guide Service Requests
Percent
No, it's not necessary

62.8     

Maybe at a later time

15.4     

Yes, I'll give it a try

21.9     

While this is a free service, most have opted out. MissionNext Journey Guides generally call those who have requested the service first, then follow up with those who answered "maybe." They may also call those who opted out to simply ask, "How is it going, and how can we help?"



Generations Represented

What is the division between Boomers and earlier and Gen-Xers and later?

Generation
Web Portal
Percent
Boomers and earlier Finishers Project

57.6     

GenXers and later MissionXplore

48.1     

The division of those on Finishers and MissionXplore still favors the Boomer generation at this point.
(There is an overlap of 5.7% with some couples straddling both generations.)



Age Groups Represented

What percentage in each age bracket have placed their names on the Finishers Project web site indicating they are willing to consider options and opportunities in missions?

Born
Percent
before 1940

0.9     

1940 — 1949

13.6     

1950 — 1959

28.7     

1960 — 1969

19.3     

1970 — 1979

14.8     

1980 — 1989

17.2     

1990 +

5.5     

Over 50% are in the boomer generation. Over 35% are Gen-Xers and representation among the Millenial Generation exceeds 10%.
The older Builder Generation is not well represented on-line or in this database.



By Degree Level and Degree Type
Candidates are asked about their highest earned degree. While this field is optional, more than 80% make a selection.

Degree Type

Primary Profile

Spouse Profile

High School or Equivalent1092  866  
Associates Degree or Equivalent786  502  
Bible School or Bible College247  89  
Bachelor of Arts (BA)1134  577  
Registered Nurse (ADN/LP/RN)92  106  
Bachelor Business Admin (BBA)166  61  
Bachelor of Education (BEd)129  147  
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)56  37  
Bachelor of Nursing (BSN)81  75  
Bachelor Religious Education (BRE)26  5  
Bachelor of Science (BS)1238  530  
Bachelor Social Work (BSW)32  8  
Bachelor Theology (BTh)69  12  
Other Bachelor Degree116  52  
Master of Arts (MA)479  153  
Master of Business Admin (MBA)256  57  
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)234  23  
Masters in Education (M.Ed)253  119  
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)8  2  
Master Library Science (MLS)10  7  
Master of Music (MM)9  8  
Masters Nursing (MSN)41  21  
Master of Public Affairs (MPA)14  3  
Master of Science (MS)401  120  
Master of Social Work (MSW)42  16  
Other Master Degree131  51  
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM)4  2  
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)22  7  
Doctor of Education (EdD)27  8  
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)66  16  
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)57  5  
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)13  2  
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)147  30  
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)1  0  
Doctor of Theology (D.Th.)20  4  
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)8  5  
Juris Doctor (JD)84  22  
Other Doctor Degree53  12  
Some college453  231  
Master of Theology (M.Th.)75  11  
Masters of Public Administration (MPA)3  1  
Totals:  8175  4003  



Financial Situation

Overall how do people rank their financial situation?
How do those in the boomer generation rank themselves?
What about the buster (Gen-X) generation?

Financial Category

    All Ages    
1940-1959
Boomers
1960-1979
Gen Xers
> 1980
Millenials
Self supporting including travel and overhead

14%     

19%     

9%     

8%     

Self-supporting but needing travel and overhead

21%     

29%     

15%     

12%     

Need support but retirement is funded

16%     

16%     

14%     

21%     

Need support plus retirement      

21%     

16%     

28%     

23%     

Will only consider paid positions

20%     

16%     

24%     

20%     

Must get out of debt first

9%     

5%     

10%     

15%     

Not surprisingly, there is a difference in the financial positions of the generations. Overall about 1 in 3 can self-fund. Slightly over 4 in 10 boomers and nearly 1 in 4 Gen-Xers indicate they can be self-funded. Surprisingly, the stats for the Millienial generation are the same as for the Gen-X generation. The majority of all of these need to raise some travel and overhead funds.

Note that another 4 in 10 need to raise support in the conventional missionary manner in all generations. Of these about half the boomers have their retirement funded. Another 2 in 10 in the boomer generation, 3 in 10 for subsequent geneations indicate they require a salary, if the "in debt" category is included. It is likely this is not representative of the general population. It seems mission-minded people tend to be better off financially.

Financial Situation and Divorce

Overall how does divorce affect the financial situation?

Financial Category

    All Ages    
No Divorce
either spouse
Divorced
either spouse
Total Database Population

10012      

6506      

2590      

Self supporting including travel and overhead

14%     

13%     

14%     

Self-supporting but needing travel and overhead

21%     

20%     

23%     

Need support but retirement is funded

16%     

17%     

16%     

Need support plus retirement      

21%     

21%     

21%     

Will only consider paid positions

20%     

20%     

19%     

Must get out of debt first

9%     

9%     

8%     

Of these mission-minded people, 26 percent report having been divorced. This is lower than the general population. Unexpectedly, perhaps, divorce is not much of a factor in the financial situation of this segment of the population.



Preparation

Beginning in 2009, the candidate profile was changed to ask an optional question about knowledge of and status with Persepectives. The table below is a sample of 5340 of a total of 7407 that have completed the profile since the start of 2009.

Perspectives Attendance

Percent

I have taken or am taking the Perspectives Course

22     

I am planning to take the Perspectives Course

5     

I have not taken the Perspectives Course

73     

Note: About 3 of 4 answered the question. Of those responding to this survey question, one-quarter had taken or plan to take the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.



Readiness

The profile was also changed to ask where the candidates are on their faith journey.

Spiritual Readiness

Percent
Primary

Percent
Spouse

Take full responsibility for assignments the Lord sets before me

59      

51      

Ready to stretch my experience of Jesus working through me

30      

27      

Ready to interact with Jesus and serve Him and others

8      

13      

Ready to observe Jesus and the nature of His mission using me

3      

8      

Not yet ready to call Jesus my Lord and my God

0      

1      

Note: More than half indicate they are radical Christ-followers. About a third indicate they still need to be stretched. Spouses are a little behind the primary person constructing the profile.



Service — Length of Time

On the web site people are asked about the length of time they may be willing to serve. Below is the summary of those statistics:

Length of Service

All Ages, %

Short-Term < 1 month

3      

Short-Term 1 - 6 months

22      

6 mos — 2 years

4      

Summer

9      

Part-Time

9      

Part of year

2      

Full-Time

36      

Not Sure

58      

About 4 in 10 indicate an interest in moving into missions full-time from their careers. The options of Part-time, Part of a year and summer are considered by about 2 in 10 that place their personal profile on a MissionNext website. If you concede the 6 mos — 2 year option "full-time" for that period, over half that enter their profiles on a MissionNext web site are considering fully committing themselves to the global missions effort.

Notice that over half have indicated they are "Not Sure" as to the length of service to which are willing to commit. Most are open to a compelling challenge for a career switch. (The percents add up to over 100 as this is a multiple choice category.)



Where in the world?

People are permitted to indicate where in the world they might have a preference to serve. On a MissionNext web site they are allowed to make more than one choice. However the percentages are based on the number of people not the number of choices, so the percentages add up to over 100%.

Region of Preference
All Ages, %
Africa

21      

CIS - Central Asia

2      

Central America

24      

Eastern Europe

3      

Europe

0      

India

2      

Middle East

12      

North America Total

49      

   Only North America

20      

   North America (among others)

28      

Pacific Rim

3      

Russia

2      

South America

19      

South East Asia

22      

No Preference

64      

Over half of those indicating a willingness to serve in missions indicate No Preference for geographic location. This accurately reflects previous findings that people are more interested in joining God and offering their skills than in what agency they join or where they serve.

The North America choice is a little different. Over 1 in 5 indicated they will only take North American assignments. About 1 in 3 indicate interest in serving in either Central or South America. Nearly 1 in 6 indicate a preference for Western Europe. The remaining indicate preferences somewhat evenly spread out over the rest of the earth.

Note: The percentages add to over 100% because people can indicate multiple geographical preferences.

Where are they from in the US?
Some have asked where in the US are people coming from? It turns out with more than a decade of operation, MissionNext has a national reach with the distribution of profiles among the states close to the distribution of population of the states.

Here is the report:

US State Name
Profiles
Percent
Percent
US 2010 Census
+/-
Alaska 45  0.5  0.23  +
Alabama 144  1.7  1.53  +
Arkansas 113  1.3  0.93  +
Arizona 239  2.7  2.04  +
California 865  9.9  11.10  -
Colorado 340  3.9  1.61  +
Connecticut 79  0.9  1.14  -
District of Columbia 0.1  0.91  -
Delaware 14  0.2  0.29  -
Florida 443  5.1  6.01  -
Georgia 292  3.4  3.10  +
Hawaii 23  0.3  0.43  -
Iowa 170  2.0  0.97  +
Idaho 58  0.7  0.51  +
Illinois 319  3.7  4.41  -
Indiana 303  3.5  2.07  +
Kansas 115  1.3  0.91  +
Kentucky 91  1.0  1.39  -
Louisiana 65  0.7  1.39  -
Massachusetts 74  0.8  2.04  -
Maryland 125  1.4  1.85  -
Maine 22  0.3  0.42  -
Michigan 289  3.3  3.16  +
Minnesota 190  2.2  1.70  +
Missouri 181  2.1  1.91  +
Mississippi 61  0.7  0.95  -
Montana 41  0.5  0.32  +
North Carolina 319  3.7  3.05  +
North Dakota 20  0.2  0.21  -
Nebraska 59  0.7  0.58  +
New Hampshire 38  0.4  0.42  -
New Jersey 100  1.1  2.81  -
New Mexico 64  0.7  0.66  +
Nevada 37  0.4  0.86  -
New York 199  2.3  6.19  -
Ohio 377  4.3  3.69  +
Oklahoma 124  1.4  1.20  +
Oregon 311  3.6  1.22  +
Pennsylvania 306  3.5  4.06  -
Rhode Island 0.1  0.34  -
South Carolina 199  2.3  1.48  +
South Dakota 19  0.2  0.26  -
Tennessee 186  2.1  2.03  +
Texas 734  8.4  8.04  +
Utah 0.1  0.88  -
Virginia 260  3.0  2.56  +
Vermont 0.1  0.20  -
Washington 398  4.6  2.15  +
Wisconsin 174  2.0  1.82  +
West Virginia 36  0.4  0.59  -
Wyoming 18  0.2  0.18  +

The +/- column indicates the relative percent of profiles compared to the percent of US population for that state. For example, "+" means there is a higher percentage of profiles than are represented by the percent of population of that state. Recall that a profile represents a family. So there are about 70% more people represented then the profile numbers suggest if spouses are included in the count.




Languages

People are requested to indicate what languages they know. They are allowed to make more than one choice. The totals are based on the number of languages checked, not the number of people that know these languages. The total number of entries in the database is 10012. Of these 9197 report living in the US or Canada and 815 live outside North America.

Languages
North
Americans
Others
English (not native)

416      

590      

Spanish

1516      

1585      

French

506      

596      

German

340      

371      

Portuguese

127      

154      

Russian

124      

133      

Mandarin

172      

188      

Cantonese

0      

0      

Japanese

91      

99      

Arabic

0      

0      

Farsi

1      

1      

An Indian

7      

31      

Another European

200      

236      

An Asian

295      

348      

An African

238      

438      

Other

657      

803      


Nelson Malwitz, MissionNext Chief Innovation Officer, May, 2017