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ERIC Number: ED549563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-0286-1
How Pastors and Their Spouses Give Meaning to Their Experiences as Clergy Families
Gunter, Glendon Todd
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Clergy are often the first people parishioners will turn to for help in times of trouble. They and their families have unique positions in the congregation. The sense of call in combination with what some researchers have called stressors, are all part of the experience of clergy and their families. Quantitative researchers have identified some particular experiences of clergy and their families as stressors. Broad categories include isolation and lack of social support, diffuse boundaries around the family, expectations from other people and themselves, frequent relocation, and lack of caregivers for themselves. The researcher interviewed seven pastors and their wives in their homes and churches to find how they gave meaning to their experiences. The participants did not emphasize difficulties and did not give negative connotations to their experiences. Their responses to the invitation to tell how they experienced being clergy couples were stories of how they successfully integrated family and church responsibilities. Their stories have contributed to a systemic description of interaction between the pastor's family and the congregation. [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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