ERIC Number: ED023987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Relationships Among the Activities and Attitudes of Christian Clergymen: A Preliminary Report.
Winter, J. Alan; Mills, Edgar W.
Three urban training programs for clergy sponsor Research on Training for Metropolitan Ministry (RTMM), a project of the Ministry Studies Board of the National Council of Churches. RTMM has two main objectives: to increase understanding of the relationships among the attitudes, skills, and activities of clergymen, and to identify changes in these aspects after training. The first goal is discussed in this report. Results of a questionnaire with attitude scales administered to 183 clergymen, most of whom were young, white, well-educated, and Protestant, indicated two main patterns of behavior; those with little time for congregational administrative work confer frequently with government officials and important private citizens in regard to social problems and those who spend over 10% of their time on congregational administrative work and regard traditional social action or congregation-oriented activity as most important. A third group regarded denominational or interdenominational work as the most important aspect of the ministry. A clergyman's activities seem most closely related to his own ideas of Christian mission and individual secular action. (jf)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, NY.