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Dissertation Abstract

The Relationship of Mentoring with Clergy Career Outcomes

Kenneth M. Moss
Regent University

This study investigated the relationship of informal mentoring with the career outcomes of male and female clergy members. Mentors provide protégés with vocational and psychosocial support that may enhance their career outcomes. Career outcome is defined by two objective indicators (personal income and current position) and a subjective indicator (career satisfaction). This study examined the benefits of informal mentoring over no mentoring, compared the higher levels of informal mentoring within the clergy profession, explored the extent to which mentoring has different effects on men and women, and investigated the moderating effect of perceived organizational support. The results indicated that the effects of informal mentoring were greater for male clergy than female clergy as it related to position and compensation. In addition, it found that perceived organizational support moderated the effects of informal mentoring related to career satisfaction. Mentoring was proven to be practically significant along the lines of compensation for both genders.