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Gifts Differing? Psychological Type Among Stipendiary And Non-Stipendiary Anglican Clergy

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This chapter tests the idea that clergy in different kinds of ministry have different psychological profiles that relate to the kinds of jobs they may be required to do. Psychological type preferences of 529 male and 518 female clergy ordained in the Anglican Church in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2007 were assessed using the Francis Psychological Type Scales. Overall, clergy showed a preference for introversion over extraversion, feeling over thinking, and judging over perceiving, but they showed no preference between sensing and intuition. After allowing for differences between the sexes and between clergy of different church tradition, theological orientation, and charismatic practice, there were significant differences in the psychological profiles of stipendiary ministers (SMs), Non-Stipendiary Ministers (NSMs), and Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs).

Keywords: Anglican Church; Non-Stipendiary Ministers (NSMs); psychological type; stipendiary ministers (SMs)



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