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Enquirer Statistics Report

Second Wind Network began collecting information in a database form on the web since mid-year 2006. The total number of family units (last names) currently stands at 158. The total number of entries is 247 individuals including spouses. From the live database an up-to-the-minute summary of results is generated. Below is a live report.



Countries of Domicile Represented

What percentage of those that have placed their names on the Second Wind Network web site indicate they live in Australia or elsewhere?

Country
Percent
Australia

98.2     

New Zealand

1.2     

All Others

0.6     




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

49.1     

Investigating

40.9     

Deciding

9.9     

This is representative of missions-minded adults in Australia within +/- two percentage points within each category. About 1 in 12 are ready to decide which organisation to join. However, most are exploring, open to be persuaded that personal involvement in the missions enterprise is a good life-choice for them. The Second Wind Network is specifically designed to move people along from the early stages, so this profile should not be surprising.



Age Groups Represented

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

Born
Percent
before 1940

1.2     

1940 — 1949

17.8     

1950 — 1959

43.8     

1960 — 1969

23.7     

1970 — 1979

7.1     

after 1980

6.5     

Over 50% are in the boomer generation. About 15% are Gen-Xers and the Millenial Generation is approaching 5%. The older Builder Generation is about 5%.



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
Self supporting including travel and overhead

36%     

41%     

27%     

Self-supporting but needing travel and overhead

32%     

33%     

31%     

Need support but retirement is funded

7%     

7%     

6%     

Need support plus retirement      

9%     

5%     

16%     

Will only consider paid positions

10%     

7%     

14%     

Must get out of debt first

6%     

7%     

6%     

Not surprisingly, there is a difference in the financial positions of the generations. Overall about 1 in 2 can totally self-fund. Amost 6 in 10 boomers and nearly 3 in 10 Gen-Xers indicate they can be self-funded to some degree. Some of these need to raise some travel and overhead funds. Another 2 in 10 need to raise support in the conventional missionary manner in both generations. Of these about half the boomers have their retirement funded. Another 1 in 10 in the boomer generation, 2 in 10 for Gen-Xers indicate they require a salary. 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
(Family Units)

171      

121      

50      

Self supporting including travel and overhead

36%     

37%     

34%     

Self-supporting but needing travel and overhead

32%     

36%     

22%     

Need support but retirement is funded

7%     

8%     

6%     

Need support plus retirement      

9%     

9%     

10%     

Will only consider paid positions

10%     

7%     

16%     

Must get out of debt first

6%     

3%     

12%     

Of these mission-minded people, 29 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.



Service — Length of Time

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

Length of Service

All Ages, %

Short-Term < 1 month

25      

Short-Term 1 - 6 months

32      

6 mths — 2 years

17      

Summer opportunities

9      

Part-Time (in Australia)

20      

Part of year

14      

Full-Time

0      

Not Sure

37      

Nearly 2 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 at Second Wind Network. If you concede the 6 mths — 2 year option "full-time" for that period, about 1 in 3 that enter their profiles on the SWN web site are considering fully committing themselves to the global missions effort.



Where in the world?

People are permitted to indicate where in the world they might have a preference to serve. On the SWN 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, %
All Africa

18      

North America

10      

Central America

4      

South America

6      

Eastern Europe

10      

Western Europe

12      

Russia Area Countries

3      

Middle East

9      

Central Asia

8      

Indian Sub-continent

11      

North East Asia

21      

South East Asia

35      

Pacific & Oceania

30      

Australia Total

46      

   Only Australia

20      

   Australia (among others)

25      

No Preference

42      

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 Australia choice is a little different. Over 1 in 5 indicated they will only take Australian assignments. 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.



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 171. Of these 168 report living in Australia and 3 live outside Australia.

Languages
Australians
Others
English (not native language)

8      

2      

Spanish

5      

0      

French

17      

1      

German

9      

1      

Portuguese

0      

0      

Russian

0      

0      

Mandarin

8      

0      

Cantonese

0      

0      

Japanese

1      

0      

Arabic

1      

0      

A Pacific Island

0      

0      

An Indian

1      

0      

Another European

3      

0      

Another Asian

12      

0      

An African

2      

0      

An Aboriginal

1      

0      

Lindsay Fell, Second Wind Network Director, February, 2014



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