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UK study to test how clergy thrive

Recently ordained CofE clergy are being invited to take part in a 'Dunedin study' style long-term research project, to assess what leads people to flourish in ministry.

Church Times / Madeleine Davies   |  02 Mar 2017  |

The Church of England Ministry Division has begun recruiting participants for a longitudinal study into ordained ministry.

More than 1000 priests have been con­tacted, with a view to discovering “what enables ministers to flourish in ministry”.

Over the course of the next ten years, the Living Ministry study will look at the experiences of four co­­horts: people ordained deacon in 2006, 2011, or 2015, and those who started training in 2016.

Up to 1600 people are eligible across the four cohorts and hundreds have already taken up the offer.

Every two years, participants will be asked to complete an online survey, while qualitative research will include group discussions and interviews. 

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