In a carefully constructed analysis of what makes ministry a profession, we will explore the range of definitions and their practices within the broader framework of the Church in the world. An analysis of the profession of ministry “after the call” will constitute the primary focus of this Institute and components of this profession such as status, education, training, regulations and protocol, privilege, power and stability will be carefully analyzed. It must be emphasized that we are focusing upon the concept and practice of ministry “after the call,” thereby avoiding theological controversy. Whereas each tradition varies as to the nature and function of its understanding of the call to ministry which clergy are expected to have experienced, the profession and practice of ministry is structurally and functionally the same when defined as a profession. Special attention will be given to a data-based study dealing with clergy stress and satisfaction in the workplace.
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