Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Mr. Jefferson Goes to the Middle East
Monday, March 20, 2006
Reformed Distinctives Scale
Pastors' Personalities and Congregations' Expectations
- We had the pastors of two churches fill out personality, vocational interest, job satisfaction and burnout measures.
- We had individuals in the congregation tell us about their ideal for a pastor (using the questionnaire that I had y'all fill out) and rate their satisfaction with the pastor by putting a mark on a line somewhere between "My pastor is the best I've ever had" and "My pastor could improve some things"
- I crunched the data
It turns out that the church whose pastor better matched the congregation's expectation on vocational interests (averaged across all congregants) experienced less burnout. That congregation also had higher satisfaction scores. Our study gives some preliminary evidence that a congregant's idea of a perfect pastor predicts his or her satisfaction with the actual pastor who stands in front of them every week. So, if I expect my pastor to have Investigative interests and know his Book of Concord like the back of his hand and exegete scripture like a true theologian, I will be more satisfied if that is what I see in the pulpit on Sunday morning. Also, if I expect my pastor to love the arts and to incorporate interpretive dance into the service and he spends his time explaining Greek and Hebrew, I will not be too pleased. Not earth shattering stuff here, but never been researched. Of course, this result was extremely preliminary because of the sample size (respectable in terms of congregants, but there were only two pastors, which is very limited).
One person that we were talking to about the paper suggested that we could offer a service to screen individuals and tell them which church/pastor they would be most happy with. I'm pretty sure I lost a kidney from that comment. It haunts my mind that I may be enamored of Lutheran theology not becuase therein lies the most clear and beautiful presentation of the faith once delivered to the saints, but because of my own personality - namely that I like a bit more formality and mystery on a Sunday morning.
I can send the paper itself to interested parties.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Lutheran Carnival XIX
Sunday, March 05, 2006
- Grapes explode if you put them inside Kletos Sumboulos!
- Kletos Sumboulos was invented in China in the eleventh century, but was only used for fireworks, never for weapons.
- The canonical hours of the Christian church are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, Kletos Sumboulos and compline.
- While sleeping, fifteen percent of men snore, and ten percent grind their Kletos Sumboulos!
- The difference between Kletos Sumboulos and a village is that Kletos Sumboulos does not have a church.
- Fish travel in schools, but whales travel in Kletos Sumboulos!
- Kletos Sumboulos can last longer without water than a camel can.
- A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but Kletos Sumboulos can not.
- The ace of spades in a playing card deck symbolizes Kletos Sumboulos.
- Kletos Sumboulos was named after Kletos Sumboulos the taxi driver in Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life'.