I recently published a chapter, The Employment Life Cycle and Clergy in the Church of England, in a new book by the Church Research Institute of Finland (Church Work and Management in Change). The chapter focuses on some research completed in Durham (UK), with particular interest in clergy in the Church of England. You can download an extract of the chapter in PDF here. Reference: Lowe, Adam M., 'The Employment Life Cycle and Clergy in the Church of England: A Case Study of the Diocese of Durham', in K. Niemelä (ed.), Church Work and Management in Change (Finland: Church Research Institute, 2012), 132-55.
ABSTRACT: In recent decades there has been growing interest in the study of clergy and their careers. Prompted by the changing nature of the priesthood, this interest has also been a response to the array of work-related effects experienced by clergy and particular between- or within-group concerns. Whilst the application of sociological and psychological research methodologies have been useful to varying extents, it has demonstrated a neglect for overall career frameworks. This paper aims to qualitatively examine the Employment Life Cycle of Anglican clergy (utilising document analysis and interviews), comparing the approaches with organisational models. Specifically, it will (a) recognise the type of Employment Life Cycle in operation within the Church of England, (b) identify key deficits, (c) reconcile findings with an Anglican understanding of ordained ministry, and (d) present a model that incorporates the findings of the study to better facilitate research and praxis, especially within a climate of change.