The expectations on clergy and consequential stress levels has been the focus of discussion within many mainstream religious denominations. My PhD research focused on understanding the contemporary working lives of clergy in the Church of England, particularly in relation to their perceptions of expectations and their psychological contract with local and regional stakeholders. The output of the research has resulted in two levels of impact; invitations to address and influence senior managers and future policy at a national level on current trends with clergy working conditions and working with one region to enable trainee clergy and their supervisors to understand their current working situation and identity strategies to cope with existing expectations.
References to the research
Nichol, J.L (2011) Exploring working lives through the framework of the Psychological Contract: : A study of Clergy in the Church of England in the early 21st Century. PhD. University of Gloucestershire.
Nichol, L. (2012) The Psychological Contract and the Clergy. Proceedings of Faith in Research Conference, Church of England Research & Statistics Department and the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology & Practical Theology. 9th May 2012. London, UK.
Nichol, L. (2013) The power of the historical working life on contemporary workers: An exploration of current working lives in the Church of England. Proceedings of Management History Research Group Conference. 8-9th July 2013. Lancaster, UK.