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Dissertation Abstract

Correlations & Frequencies in Senior Pastoral Mentoring & Subsequent Mentor Relations

Diane L. Rogers
Regent University

In today's ministries pastoral burnout is at an all-time high and pastors are experiencing a high level of exhaustion, frustration, and loneliness. Pastors have a vital need for a "pastors' pastor" in their lives to help guide them through their ministry career. This study examined the correlations and frequencies in senior pastoral mentor experiences. The study found that on average, senior pastors had over three mentors and subsequently generated six mentor relationships. The study also found higher frequencies of the mentoring role of a "friend" and the mentoring function of "encouragement." No significant correlations were found between mentored pastors and career satisfaction or ministry longevity. An important finding was the highly significant correlation between mentored pastors and subsequent mentor relationships.