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Psychological Type Profile Of Clergywomen And Clergymen Serving In The Presbyterian Church (USA): Implications For Strengths And Weaknesses In Ministry

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This chapter presents a study, that draws on two theoretical frameworks provided by the theology of individual differences and by the Jungian notion of psychological type. Renewed interest in the application of psychological type theory and empirical research among church leaders and clergy in the UK from across diverse traditions has drawn attention to three main findings: the distinctive psychological type profile of clergy compared with the general population norms; the differences in psychological type profile between clergymen and clergywomen; and the differences in psychological type profile between Christian denominations. Building on this tradition, the present study discusses the psychological type profiles of 561 clergy serving in The Presbyterian Church (USA) who completed the Francis Psychological Type Scales (FPTS). Attention is given to those areas of ministry which may prove to be particularly difficult or draining for clergy who display these psychological preferences.

Keywords: Christian denominations; clergymen; clergywomen; Francis Psychological Type Scales (FPTS); Jungian notion; Presbyterian Church



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