Clergy care: who heals the healers?
LE3 .A278 1998
MacRae, Andrew D.
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
This thesis-project addresses the issue of the care of clergy, with special reference to the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Three focus areas are God's care, self-care and congregational/denominational care. The need for the study arises from the current changes in the areas of democratization, authority, and culture and society as they relate to clergy care. Selected Old and New Testament characters are considered, as their calling and care suggest a model for modern clergy. A review of the literature considers the pastor and his role, pastoral failure, the clergy family, clergy and congregational conflict, and denominational support services. A questionnaire was sent to 291 pastors with a response of 154, (52.92%). Overall, there was a satisfaction with God's care and self-care. Greater attention to congregational and denominational support services was needed in the areas of the clergy family, conflict management, and the role of the Area Minister. Recommendations were made to congregations, clergy, and the denomination in order to encourage healthy churches and clergy.
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