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Overdosing on Organization Development: Toward criticalness in pastoral administration

Abstract

The Organization Development movement is a positive and potentially fruitful influence that is being felt in the area of church administration. However, there may be problems involved in transferring the techniques of the movement directly and uncritically into congregational administration. Alluding to research which suggests that the matrix of congregational administration may be radically different from the matrix in which Organization Development was designed, the author pleads for criticalness in the appropriation of Organization Development techniques by pastors. He further suggests that pastoral administrative behavior in service to goals and values that are shared by both the Organization Development movement and the clergy may at times resemble behavior in service to exactly the opposite values.

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Hanson, G.W. Overdosing on Organization Development: Toward criticalness in pastoral administration. Pastoral Psychol 24, 206–214 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02211712

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Keywords

  • Organization Development
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Development Technique
  • Pastoral Administration
  • Development Movement