Religion As A Profession (Empirical Studies in Theology, V. by Hans Schilderman

By Hans Schilderman

This quantity deals a conceptual and empirical learn of the spiritual career. It takes as its aspect of departure professionalisation idea that's mentioned and utilized to a career in mainstream faith, for this reason Dutch Catholic ministry. The e-book involves a well-documented empirical learn of attitudes of clergy and lay team of workers within the Dutch Roman-Catholic Church in regards to the pastoral career. Their attitudes in the direction of church authority, apostolicity, sacramental efficacy, accession to the workplace, and non secular function are defined largely. The examine clarifies the level to which those non secular attitudes act as a favorable or damaging motif to have interaction in regulations which are geared toward a qualified improvement of the career. The booklet bargains a good perception into uncomplicated features of a spiritual career.

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If that is what is needed, it may be a task for our research subjects, the pastoral occupational group. Communicative interest The communicative interest of this study includes the preceding interests: it is aimed at relating theological concepts to the development priorities of the pastoral profession in a dialogue on the ministry. In addition to pastors, church administrators, theologians and lay people could all participate in such a dialogue. Since the study affords insight into the theological legitimation of professionalisation, strategic positions could be discussed, thus promoting dialogue on pastoral ministry.

In chapter 2 we qualify pastoral work more particularly as professional work in the context of professionalisation. By speaking about a profession we focus on professionals—or, collectively, an occupational group—in relation to their professional domain and technical field of expertise. Thus we view the pastoral occupational group in relation to other occupational groups and to the process of social division of labour. In so doing we raise the issue of how the pas- design 27 toral work domain can measure up to the claims of other occupational groups and what strategies it can harness to this end.

Conceptions of the sources of spirituality also strike us as important, since they indicate the location of religious experience in pastoral practice. Finally we 34 chapter one examine images of the ministry, since these constitute the religious metaphors of pastoral work. Research question three pertains to the prediction of pastoral professionalisation: How do pastors’ attitudes towards theology of ministry influence their attitudes towards professionalisation of pastoral work, controlled for relevant characteristics of the pastors?

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