"It's not about me": priests' perception of occupational meaning
Benedetto, Corinne L.
Twelve Episcopal priests address questions of role function and meaning through semi-structured interview. Participants are rectors, associate rectors, and priests-in-charge at various church communities in Chicago’s western and southern suburbs. Priests acknowledge the presence of conflicting tasks and expectations within the role, yet do not accord these a central shaping influence. Instead, five key attributes of effective, optimal role performance are identified through the interviews:<em>listening, praying, laughing, teaching, delegating</em>. Each attribute is examined in terms of its contribution to the day-to-day functions and overall meaning of priests’ work. A central, integrating theme (“It’s Not About Me”) emerges from the data on role attributes, and implications for continued research on questions of occupational meaning for a wider, more diverse sample of clergy are discussed.
Benedetto, Corinne Lally. (2006), "It's not about me": priests' perception of occupational meaning. Journal of Religion & Society, 8.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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