Nabye aftrede: Predikante se belewing van hul gemeente, persoonlike welstand en finansies

Liezel Alsemgeest, Kobus Schoeman, Theo Swart

Abstract


Imminent retirement: Pastors’ experience of their congregation, personal well-being and finances
The provisions of pastors to congregations is of great importance to the Dutch Reformed Church and its congregation. To retire is a complex process of transition affecting various aspects – among others psychological, spiritual and financial aspects. According to current estimates, more than half of the full-time pastors in the Dutch Reformed Church could retire within the next fifteen years. A quantitative online survey was conducted amongst pastors who will retire in the near future, their experience of their congregation, personal well-being and financial prospects before and during retirement was taken into account. For the first time research provides insight into what will happen in churches when a pastor retires. The information should provide valid conclusions and recommendations can be made regarding the demand for pastors (and students?) in order to plan for effective ministry within churches.

Keywords


pastors; retirement; finances; well-being; Dutch Reformed Church

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a05

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