Young vocation to ordained ministry : a qualitative study
Astley, Jeff and Francis, Leslie J.. (2009) Young vocation to ordained ministry : a qualitative study. Practical Theology, Vol.2 (No.2). pp. 253-267. ISSN 1756-073XFull text not available from this repository.
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Drawing on two significant traditions of empirical research concerning clergy in England spanning three decades, a quantitative tradition and a qualitative tradition, this study was designed to illuminate a set of issues currently of practical importance to the Church of England, namely nurturing and responding to “young vocations” among individuals under the age of thirty. Qualitative data were provided by 39 ordinands and recently ordained clergy in their twenties to an open-ended on-line questionnaire (61% response rate). These data were analysed to illuminate five key areas: the influences that had encouraged vocations, including individuals, groups and other factors; their own ideas about vocation and how these ideas had developed and changed; the extent to which the counter-cultural nature of the Christian faith had supported or frustrated the sense of vocation; how they perceived the differences between those who responded to a call to vocation when young and those whose vocations were shaped later in life; and whether and how young vocations should or could be encouraged by the Church. On the basis of these data recommendations are advanced both for further research and for church practice.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Vocation, Ecclesiastical, Clergy -- Appointment, call, and election|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Practical Theology|
|Publisher:||Equinox Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 253-267|
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