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Global and Differential Work Satisfaction Among Newly Ordained Anglican Clergy: Demographic Factors, Personality Variables and Theological Orientation

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This study aimed to establish the extent to which specific clergy roles are sources of work satisfaction, and how clergy work satisfaction may be influenced by demographic factors, differences in personality and individual theological orientation. A total of 1447 newly ordained Anglican clergy in the UK completed the Satisfaction with Aspects of Ministry Inventory (SAMI: Francis & Rodgers, 1994) built from a comprehensive range of clergy roles, the Eysenck Personality Profiler (EPP), which measures the 21 primary factors that constitute the super-factors of extraversion, neuroticism and psychoticism and a semantic differential index of theological orientation. Analysis of the clergy work satisfaction scale indicated the presence of three main factors: pastoral care and church services; religious instruction; and administration and community-based activities. It was shown that work satisfaction in each of these roles varied among individuals and was predicted in ascending order of importance, by the demographic factors, the psychological variables and the theological orientation variables. Suggestions have been made on how the results could be applied to the selection of individual clergy for specific parochial appointments in order to maximise work satisfaction and so counteract the effects of stress in parochial ministry.


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