Clergywomen in the Church of England: A Psychological Study

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A unique study of clergywomen in the Church of England, this work represents a benchmark for charting the similarities and differences between the institution’s female pioneers and their successors. With roots in both theology and psychology, this book uses personality theory to examine the individual differences in the ministry of clergywomen.


“. . . addresses an important, interesting and popular topic, and one which benefits greatly from the illumination given by an analysis in terms of the psychological profile of female clergy.” – Prof. J. Astley, University of Durham

“In the light of this original and pioneering study, future research into women clergy which ignores the formative influence of personality will be deemed inadequate.” – Prof. Leslie J. Francis, University of Warwick

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Revd Canon Professor Leslie J Francis
Chapter 1 Ordination controversy
Chapter 2 Personality theory
Chapter 3 Pioneering clergywomen
Chapter 4 Clergy personality profile
Chapter 5 Motivation for ordination
Chapter 6 Selection for training
Chapter 7 Non-stipendiary ministry
Chapter 8 Job satisfaction
Chapter 9 Role prioritisation
Chapter 10 Liturgical and pastoral ministry
Chapter 11 Parish and personal life
Chapter 12 Conclusion
Methodological appendix
Statistical appendix
Name index
Subject index

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