Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 457–463 | Cite as

Safeguarding Tradition: Psychological Type Preferences of Male Vergers in the Church of England

  • Charlotte L Craig
  • Bruce Duncan
  • Leslie J Francis
Original Article

The current study explores the psychological type profile of vergers within the Church of England. A sample of 42 male vergers completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Form G). The study shows that vergers tend to prefer introversion over extraversion, sensing over intuition, thinking over feeling, and judging over perceiving. The type preferences of vergers are compared and contrasted with the type preferences of clergy and laity. These findings are explored within the context of the role of the verger within the Church of England.


vergers MBTI personality psychological type 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte L Craig
    • 1
  • Bruce Duncan
    • 2
  • Leslie J Francis
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Welsh National Centre for Religious EducationUniversity of WalesBangorUK
  2. 2.University of Exeter, Sarum CollegeSalisburyUK
  3. 3.Welsh National Centre for Religious Education, Practical TheologyUniversity of WalesBangorUK
  4. 4.Welsh National Centre for Religious EducationUniversity of Wales, BangorWalesUK

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