Occupational stress and clergy support within the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces
LE3 .A278 2000
Morrison, William B.
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
This thesis project addresses the issues of clergy occupational stress and support within the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces. The primary areas of investigation are: stress, self-care, local church care, and denominational support services. In addressing these areas a practical theology of clergy care/support for the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces is considered. Selected Old and New Testament characters are examined, as their calling and career suggest a model for modern clergy, churches and denominations. A review of the literature considers the clergyperson, his call, role, personal concerns, family, conflict, denominational support services, and the Canadian perspective on clergy care/support. In addition a research investigation was undertaken involving two representative associations (72 clergy, with a response of 66, (88%)), within the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, the two Area ministers responsible for these associations and the Executive minister of the denomination. Practical insight in the life and ministry of clergy within the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces was gained, with the results of the research project indicating that occupational stress, coping and support issues are of considerable concern to the clergy of this denomination. Recommendations have been made for the denomination, clergy, seminary, and churches to consider in developing support and care for clergy within the context of their ministry identity in this denomination.
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