Vocational values of one hundred Unitarian ministers
Baldwin, Peter Arthur
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This dissertation reports on a content analysis of the written communications of one hundred Unitarian ministers on their current concepts of the liberal ministry and the role of the liberal church in today's society written for the use of churches seeking ministers. The primary task was to identify the range and priority of vocational values, i.e. whatever these ministers considered significant in connection with the liberal ministry and church. A further task was to measure the effects that years of professional experience, age and Unitarian as contrasted with non-Unitarian seminary training might have on vocational values. The classification system consisted of two dimensions and three levels. The horizontal dimension included six of Abraham Maslovr's seven major need categories and represented the first classification level. The vertical dimension consisted of the second and third levels representing themes and sub-themes under each of the major categories. The second level themes, representing various areas of concern relative to each major category, were defined by indices offered by Maslow. The third level sub-themes were variations on the second level themes derived from the communications data. The three classification levels were composed of six, twenty-five, and one hundred and seven theme categories respectively. Each of the nearly four thousand assertions constituting the one hundred essays was classified according to all these levels and the classification was cmded and recorded on an IBM data processing card [TRUNCATED]
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