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Apprentice Clergy? The Relationship Between Expectations In Ministry And The Psychological Type Profile Of Training Incumbents And Curates In The Church Of England

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This chapter examines the relationship between the ministry expectations experienced by newly ordained clergy in the Church of England and both their personal psychological type profile and the psychological type profile of the training incumbent alongside whom they were apprenticed to learn the practice of ministry. The aim of the chapter is to test the power of psychological type theory to illuminate a crucial aspect of the way in which Anglican clergy are generally trained for parish ministry. It develops an index of training expectations based on psychological type theory and then examines the relationship between the curates' perceptions of their expectations and both their own psychological type profile and the psychological type profile of their training incumbent. The chapter advances the empirical assessment and psychological understanding of the experience of those engaged in the apprenticeship model of ministry in the early years after ordination in two ways.

Keywords: Anglican clergy; apprenticeship model; Church of England; psychological type profile; training incumbent



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