Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Calling Gap: Investigating Belief and Fulfillment of Calling for Pastors
by Ecker, Diana L., Ph.D., Seattle Pacific University, 2018, 73; 10934100
Abstract (Summary)

While having a calling can produce great results, in recent studies on calling the key to reaping the rewards has been closely linked to being able to live out the call. For pastors in particular, “The Call” is fundamental to their lives and work. Most enter the ministry because of a deep sense of calling from God. A pastor’s relationship with God is also key in this experience and was hypothesized to be a factor in the calling model for this career subgroup. The goal of this study was to explore how pastors experience calling in their lives and work; specifically, the relation between belief in their calling, fulfillment of that calling, life satisfaction, and how satisfaction in their relationship with God might interplay throughout the process. After accounting for missing data and outliers, the study sample consisted of 144 pastors enrolled in an online leadership development tool. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 98, 80% identified as male, and 98.6% were Protestant. Regression analyses were performed using the PROCESS macro in SPSS to estimate a moderated mediation (Model 58). The proposed mediated relationship was significant, with calling fulfillment mediating the relationship between calling belief and life satisfaction for pastors in this sample ( R2 = 0.215, F(2, 141) = 19.274, p < .001). The proposed moderating role of satisfaction in relationship with God was not a significant predictor at either proposed stage. Overall, these results reveal that for pastors, the key in the relationship from calling to life satisfaction is living out the calling.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McKenna, Robert B.
Commitee: Collins, Joey, Yost, Paul R.
School: Seattle Pacific University
Department: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-B 80/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Pastoral Counseling, Psychology
Keywords: Belief, Calling, Life satisfaction, Pastors, Vocation
Publication Number: 10934100
ISBN: 978-0-438-37904-6
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