Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Clergy Theology of Work: Burnout and Engagement
by Roach, Jonathan Chad, Ph.D., St. Thomas University, 2012, 311; 3543982
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation articulates a contextual theology of mundane work with United Church of Christ clergy who have experienced burnout, to provide a resource both for other clergy in a state of burnout and for individuals in formation to become parish clergy. Building upon resources from the social sciences and theology, the foundations of a theology of work is explored through biblical, historic, systematic, and contextual sources. Then a methodology of theological participatory action research, with both a survey phase and a theological participatory action research group with UCC clergy from the State of Florida, is used to formulate a theology which offers insights for people to engage a healthy contextual theology of clergy mundane work in light of the deformation caused by burnout. This theology contains six major pillars including call and vocation, spiritual gifts, cosmology, the priesthood of all believers, and justice as well as theocentric nature, a rejection of the sacred-secular dichotomy between types of clergy work, and a focused sense of self-care.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waren, Mary Carter
Commitee: Benson, Patricia N., Cleaver-Bartholomew, David
School: St. Thomas University
Department: Practical Theology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clerical studies, Theology, Occupational psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Burnout, Deformation, Engagement, Participatory action research, Theology of work, United Church of Christ
Publication Number: 3543982
ISBN: 978-1-267-73494-5
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