This thesis is to provide basic sources for making some effective welfare plans for the retired pastors in the Korean church, including the Korean Evangelical Holiness Church, by analyzing the context of the living conditions of the retired pastors in Korea. For the analysis of the context of the living conditions, 150 retired pastors of the Korean Evangelical Holiness Church have participated in the questionnaires. In the questionnaires, eight main issues were asked and summarized as follows.
Generally speaking, all participants are male retired pastors. 75% of the responders are 71-80 years old and 88% of them are living in the city around. 75 % are living with their wives. Their most serious problems are about economic 37% and health problems (18% for themselves and 8% for their spouses). Whenever they have confronted with the difficulties for their livings, 53% are asking to their children and other relatives, and 22% are solving their problems by themselves.
And the types of their problems are as follows. In the question of the place of worship services, first, 46% of them are worshipping together at a local church and 33% are attending at the church which they finally retired. 74% of them are satisfied with their worship life.
Secondly, 65% of them are living in the type of apartment and 73% have owned their own houses.
Thirdly, in case of the desire for work after retirement, such as intercession, 36% of the retired pastors are still participating in the prayer ministry (intercession, etc) and 17% of them want to have evangelism, missions or education ministries.
Fourth, 70% of their income is from pensions and retirement allowance. Their monthly average income is between 510,000 won and 1,000,000 won and 47% of their income were spent for their food expense.
Fifth, in case of their entertainments, 40% of 150 retired pastors have participated in the recreational activities or exercise, 32% are for religious activities, and rest of them are not participated in the any program.
Sixth, 12% of them are very healthy, 22% are healthy, and 21% think that their health is generally okey. So, 55% of them have actually no serious healthy problems. Rest of them think that they have some healthy problems.
Finally, most of them think that the denomination headquarter has to prepare the nursing home 20%, hospital for the old 20% and senior welfare center 18%.
Based on the results of this analysis, the future welfare of retired pastors of a denomination can be improved by changing the present policies about the facilities, programs and educations with the co-operation of the denominational headquarter, local churches and the retired pastors themselves.