Perceptions Concerning Basic Ministerial Competencies Obtained Through Training In a Selected Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Mathis, Robert Rex
0745:Higher education; Education; 0527:Religious education; 0319:Clergy; Philosophy; religion and theology
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Two basic questions were considered in this study: What are the perceptions concerning basic ministry competencies held by faculty, trustees, students of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and ministers and laypersons in the states served by the seminary? Are there differences in perceptions concerning basic ministry competencies between the constituency groups? The Basic Ministry Competencies survey was made up of 90 items associated with effective ministry performance. These items were designed to measure perceptions about ministry knowledge, skills or attitudes. There were 13 scales in all. The survey was given to 389 persons, and 332, were returned. All hypotheses were tested by using a One-Way Analysis of Variance on each of the 13 scales comparing means of the respondent groups. Multiple comparisons between the groups were made using Scheffe' t tests. With regard to the first question, all competencies identified were judged to be "of great importance" by respondents. Attitude competencies were ranked highest, followed by ministry skills, and last, ministry knowledge. Within the attitudes sub-section, inward spiritual attitudes were highest, attitudes about religious beliefs second and attitudes about others third. Within the skills sub-section, personal communication skills were ranked fourth overall, pastoral ministry skills fifth and administration skills sixth. In the least regarded sub-section, knowledge competencies, practical theological knowledge ranked seventh, classical studies eighth and specialized knowledge last. With regard to the second question, there was no significant difference in group mean scores on the total inventory, nor on the three sub-sections. There was significant difference (at the.05 level or greater) in group means on two of the nine concentrations. Both trustees and laypersons held the religious beliefs in higher regard than ministers. Laypersons were also higher than students on this concentration. On the pastoral ministries skills concentration ministers valued this lower than both students and laypersons. On the remaining seven concentrations, there were no significant differences between groups. The study was conducted during the 1994-95 academic year.