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ERIC Number: ED538733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-7373-7
How Ministers Understand and Address Emotional and Sexual Pressures in Ministry Work
Reid, Genise Aria
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University
This study explored the perceptions of ministers in regard to how they understand and address emotional and sexual pressures encountered in ministry work. The research was guided by four questions: How do practicing ministers in the Church of Antioch describe and understand pressures in their work settings that they see as emotional or sexual in nature?How do these ministers describe the ways in which they respond to such pressures? What kinds of prior learning do they see as informing the way in which they respond to these pressures? What additional resources, if any, do ministers say they draw upon when faced with pressures in their work settings that they see as emotional or sexual? A stratified purposive sample of nine Christian ministers participated. Qualitative data collection involved a series of three interviews which was conducted with each of the nine participants. Six major findings emerged which highlighted the following: 1) The participants' stated experiences of being called by God; 2) Participants' awareness of the ministerial role; 3) Participants' experiences of pressure to be successful in their work; 4) Participants' use of formal and informal educational resources; 5) Participants' strategies for responding to pressures; and 6) Participants' understandings of emotional pressure and sexual pressure. The following conclusions were drawn from the findings: 1) Emotional and sexual pressures are described and understood by participants in multiple ways; 2) Participants report that they utilize a cluster of what might be understood as spiritual, physical, and cognitive measures when they respond to emotional and sexual pressures in ministry; 3) While participants recommend formal learning as a means of responding to emotional and sexual pressures, what they report about their praxis indicates a preference for informal learning; and 4) When faced with emotional or sexual pressures, participants in this study report using rational and non-rational resources in order to respond to those pressures. Lastly, recommendations were made for ministerial education, practice, and future research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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