Mosaic of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd Ravenna, Italy, circa 450 A.D.
The results are in with an encouraging and credible rate of response for the Orthodox Clergy Survey. Four bishops, 285 priests and 57 deacons participated, totaling 346 respondents. This is within the range of what professional surveyors consider a statistically valid sample, usually consisting of a 10%-20% response rate. Three-hundred and forty-six clergy is surely more than 10% of the total number of clergy serving in the United States but likely less than 20% of all clergy. Every jurisdiction listed on the website of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America was invited to participate as well as Oriental Orthodox clergy on the Stewardship Advocates newsletter recipient list. A few Orthodox clergy from other parts of the world weighed in with their thoughts as well.
The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) provided the largest numerical response at 116 participants or 33.53% of the total. Next was the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (GOA) at 98 respondents or 28.32%. The third largest response was the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (AOCA) at 51 clergy or 14.74% of the total.
Download the full 70-page report as a PDF file here: The Orthodox Clergy Survey 2015