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Specifying Intrusive Demands and Their Outcomes in Congregational Ministry: A Report on the Ministry Demands Inventory

Cameron Lee
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1999), pp. 477-489
DOI: 10.2307/1387607
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387607
Page Count: 13
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Specifying Intrusive Demands and Their Outcomes in Congregational Ministry: A Report on the Ministry Demands Inventory
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Abstract

Studies of clergy career stress often operationalize stress in terms that are insufficiently grounded in the actual experiences of ministers, making it difficult to identify specific problematic interactions and assess their impact. The empirical and anecdotal literature on clergy suggest that intrusive demands on ministers and their families are a significant source of distress. Thus, a new instrument, the Ministry Demands Inventory, was created to assess congregational demands using ratings of the frequency and impact of 17 concrete events experienced in pastoral ministry. Data collected from a random national sample of pastors from five Protestant denominations are analyzed to determine the prevalence of each type of demand, and their relationship to measures of career attitude and subjective well-being. Results indicate that four types of congregational intrusiveness can be distinguished, and that in general, intrusive demands are negatively associated with attitude and well-being.

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