A Theoretical Consideration of Selection for Training for Ministry

Volume
Volume 14
Issue
Summer 1986
Title
A Theoretical Consideration of Selection for Training for Ministry
Abstract

This article tackles issues in vocational selection seen in extremis in selection for training for ministry. A literature review highlights problems of criteria and in models of humanity and God. It suggests a need for a systematic approach which will be psychologically, educationally, and theologically sound. Recent social interaction and attribution theories in occupational psychology of religion complement each other. They suggest an emphasis on the candidates'€™ developing understanding and acceptance of self, vocation, or God as "€œenablers"€ of a motivating faith. Selectors would listen to the candidate'€™s understanding, try to "€œmap"€ it, check its functioning, and finally assess. The theory links some old and new techniques to sound social psychology; locates selection and associated research in a wider perspective on selection, training, and development; and distinguishes empirical and theological concerns. It may be tested and improved as it links with wider disciplines.

Author
Dr. W. Pollock
Pages
125 - 134
Price
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