The Church as a Workplace: Navigating Competing Ideas and Practices within Religious Employment Institutions

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Knight Johnson, Lenore M.
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2018
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The church, as an institution, is a religious community informed by certain beliefs and values but for clergy it is also employer. Drawing from interviews with 79 pastors and spouses, this paper explores the competing dynamics between congregational employment practices and clergy ideologies and expectations. While pastors are forthright in describing ministry as a job, many hold the church to a higher standard compared to secular employers, drawing from a set of ideas and values I call an “ideology of community.” I examine the consequences stemming from different congregational approaches, including churches mimicking secular institutions and churches operating as alternative institutions.|Keywords: clergy, families, congregations, work, sociology
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Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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1522-5658
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