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Samuel Bonsu, B.S., M.A.C. Ph.D.,  Candidate, Family Studies

LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PENTECOSTAL CLERGY IN GHANA: PERCEPTIONS OF WORK-BALANCE ON FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

Dr. Joyce Armstrong, Chair
Dr. Abraham Hwang, Member
Dr. Sandy McClintic, Member

Human Development Building Room  204
July 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am
All TWU faculty. staff. and students are invited to attend

ABSTRACT

The Ghanaian Pentecostal clergy have been in the forefront of providing counseling, social amenities, and moral and financial support to their congregations, communities, and families. Attending to all these have contributed to work-related stress affecting the clergy work and family life; yet, limited research has been conducted on this population. This qualitative study utilized phenomenological methodology to gain insight into the lived experiences of Ghanaian Pentecostal clergy and how their work-related stress influence their work and family life. Social exchange theory was used as the theoretical framework in gaining insight and understand into perceptions of clergy's work.

Twenty-one participants from southern regions of Ghana were recruited via purposive sampling method. The researcher use multiple data collection sources (a) demographic questionnaire, (b) semi-structured interviews, (c) follow-up observations, and (d) field notes. Data were coded using In-Vivo, Holistic, Focus, and Value coding. Three major themes emerged (a) clergy role as benefactor to congregation, community, and family, (b) clergy experience in congregation, family and community, and (c) clergy self-care. This research has implications for family scientists, family life educators, policy makers, and faith-based organizations.

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