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Maintaining A Public Ministry In Rural England: Work-Related Psychological Health And Psychological Type Among Anglican Clergy Serving In Multi-Church Benefices

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This chapter examines the current state of the work-related psychological health of Anglican clergy in rural multichurch benefices, and to do so within theoretical frameworks which conceptualize work-related psychological health in terms of balanced affect and which situate individual differences in work-related psychological health within the context of psychological type theory. This theoretical framework will be introduced by examining six areas of theory and research: negative and positive aspects of ministry; assessing positive affect; the burnout syndrome; the Francis Burnout Inventory; psychological type theory and measurement; psychological type and clergy studies. The chapter suggests that the work-related psychological health of rural clergy should be taken seriously by both the rural clergy themselves and by those who are responsible for their professional well-being, if a healthy public ministry is to be maintained in rural England.

Keywords: Anglican clergy; England; Francis Burnout Inventory; multichurch benefices; public ministry; work-related psychological health



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