Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy
CHAPTER 9 - Institutional Structures
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The participants in the research described in detail their experience of church and of ministry, including the factors that facilitated or inhibited what they were trying to achieve in their work among the people. Analysis of the data showed that, across the churches, the factor that most inhibited the participants’ efforts to develop forms of ministry that were focused on meeting the needs of people in changing societies in Ireland between 1960 and 1980 was the relationship between institution, power and ministry. Based on these findings I have drawn three conclusions:
1. Institution: due to fixed beliefs about the nature of the churches and the role of leadership in relation to the members, church leaders failed to varying extents to manage the implications for church organisation of the shifts in culture that happened between 1960 and 1980.
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