Ministerial satisfaction and spiritual well-being among women ministering in Korean Baptist churches

Abstract

Over the last 20 years, women in ministerial positions have played an essential role in Korean Baptist churches. Thus, this study measured the ministerial satisfaction of women in ministerial positions according to their individual and religious backgrounds. The relationship between spiritual well-being and ministerial satisfaction was also examined. A total of 162 women in various ministerial positions in Korean Baptist churches participated in this research study. Our findings from hierarchical regressions showed that marital status and seminary education had negative effects on both intrinsic and extrinsic ministerial satisfaction, and total ministerial satisfaction. However, other elements such as education level, church size, and ministerial status did not have significant effects on ministerial satisfaction. While religious well-being was not a significant predictor of ministerial satisfaction, one subscale of spiritual well-being, existential well-being, was the strongest predictor. The implications of this study and potential discussion for further research in this field are presented.

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Yoo, J., You, S. Ministerial satisfaction and spiritual well-being among women ministering in Korean Baptist churches. Curr Psychol 40, 1194–1202 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-0039-9

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  • Ministerial satisfaction
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Marital status
  • Seminary education
  • Women in Korean Baptist churches