Event Title

Assessment of Occupational Burnout and Stress Coping Mechanisms among Christian Clergy Members

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

20-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 3:30 PM

Student's Major

Health Science

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Joseph Visker

Mentor's Email Address

joseph.visker@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Health Science

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Occupational burnout has been well documented among those serving in various roles throughout the Christian Ministry. Unfortunately, ministers from certain Christian denominations have been under-represented. Further, few studies have examined how ministers cope with the various ministry-related stressors. A state-wide survey was conducted among clergy members serving within the Assemblies of God church in Minnesota to assess current levels of occupational burnout and the extent to which selected coping mechanisms are used to mitigate stress. Two previously validated self-report instruments were used to quantify levels of burnout and measure the use of 15 coping mechanisms. A total of 52 useable surveys were collected from clergy members serving in roles ranging from Senior Pastor to Missionary. A total of 65.40% of the sample was found to be bordering on burnout or experiencing some level of burnout. The most commonly noted coping strategies used among the sample included “Religious Coping” and “Planning”. Differences in coping strategy use were found between those who are and are not experiencing some level of burnout. Implications for health education will be discussed.

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Apr 20th, 2:00 PM Apr 20th, 3:30 PM

Assessment of Occupational Burnout and Stress Coping Mechanisms among Christian Clergy Members

CSU Ballroom

Occupational burnout has been well documented among those serving in various roles throughout the Christian Ministry. Unfortunately, ministers from certain Christian denominations have been under-represented. Further, few studies have examined how ministers cope with the various ministry-related stressors. A state-wide survey was conducted among clergy members serving within the Assemblies of God church in Minnesota to assess current levels of occupational burnout and the extent to which selected coping mechanisms are used to mitigate stress. Two previously validated self-report instruments were used to quantify levels of burnout and measure the use of 15 coping mechanisms. A total of 52 useable surveys were collected from clergy members serving in roles ranging from Senior Pastor to Missionary. A total of 65.40% of the sample was found to be bordering on burnout or experiencing some level of burnout. The most commonly noted coping strategies used among the sample included “Religious Coping” and “Planning”. Differences in coping strategy use were found between those who are and are not experiencing some level of burnout. Implications for health education will be discussed.

Recommended Citation

Rider, Taylor and Anastasia June Humphers-Ginther. "Assessment of Occupational Burnout and Stress Coping Mechanisms among Christian Clergy Members." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/poster_session_B/27