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The turn toward extraversion: The changing psychological profile of Anglican clergy

Francis, Leslie J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2946-9980, Village, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2174-8822 and Voas, David (2019) The turn toward extraversion: The changing psychological profile of Anglican clergy. Journal of Empirical Theology, 32 (1). pp. 89-104.

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Abstract

Recent research has drawn attention to two features associated with extraversion in Anglican ministry. Extraverts are under-represented among Anglican clergy. Extravert leaders are associated with church growth. The present reanalysis of data collected within the Church Growth Research Programme from 1,372 stipendiary clergy serving in the Church of England who were aged 70 or under demonstrated that in recent decades there has been a slight tendency for the Church of England to ordain more extraverts, a feature that cannot simply be explained by the reduced numbers of Anglo-Catholics (who are more likely to be introverts) or growth in charismatic influence. This slight growth, however, has been insufficient to address what may be interpreted as covert discrimination against extraverts in selection for ordination. It is argued that a commitment to inclusivity in recruiting clergy might need to take account of psychological type characteristics of those presenting for selection as much as monitoring their ethnic background.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15709256-12341383
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF698-698.9 Personality
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV659-683 Ministry. Clergy. Religious vocations
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations > BX5011-5207 Church of England
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3759

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