What makes clergy effective in their role? What competencies are critical to clergy effectiveness? These are questions which the Ministers Council and other entities in the ABC Family are attempting to address. When the question is posed, so many potential competencies are cited. The Professional Ministries Team of leaders across ABC, USA are endeavoring to respond to these questions of competencies in qualitative and quantitative ways. Specifically, an approach that we will use over the next several months is as follows:
Our team members who direct or Centers for Career Development in Ministry will develop open-ended questions to solicit competencies using an approach that asks participants to share best (or better) practices, and identify tasks of which they are most proud. The hope is that this approach will yield a wide set of attributes that contribute to clergy effectiveness.
- Then we will share that set with our networks and constituencies to have them rate those attributes in terms of the value or importance to that individual. From this, we hope to realize a subset of most important attributes that contribute to clergy effectiveness.
- Then we hope to be able to perform additional detailed, quantitative analysis on the resulting characteristics so that we might draw further correlation.
In addition, information on clergy competencies that have been cited by other traditions or in research are being gathered. A sample of those materials is as follows:
- Job Analysis Generalizability Study for the Position of United Methodist Local Pastor: Focus Group Results
- Competency List from the Midwest Ministry Development Service
- Competency List from the Disciples of Christ
- Clergy Effectiveness: National Survey Results Summary (United Methodist Church)