Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 62, Issue 6, pp 859–871 | Cite as

Evaluating Attitudes toward Clergy Restoration: The Psychometric Properties of Two Scales

  • Geoffrey W. Sutton
  • Kayla Jordan


Restoring clergy to leadership following a transgression is a pastoral psychology topic of international concern. Few empirical studies have examined factors weighed by offended congregants challenged with considerations of forgiveness and restoration. The purpose of this study was to assess the validity and reliability of two attitudinal measures of restoration used in previous research (Sutton, McLeland, Weaks, Cogswell and Miphouvieng. Pastoral Psychology, 55, 643–663, 2007; Sutton and Thomas 2004; Sutton and Thomas. Pastoral Psychology, 53, 583–599, 2005a). Analysis (sample n = 210) of the Clergy Situational Restoration Inventory (CSRI) suggested two levels of offense severity account for most of the variance. Reliability and concurrent validity values for the CSRI and the two Leadership Restoration Scales (LRS) were adequate. We included the scales for future research and reference.


Clergy transgression Clergy restoration Forgiveness Intrinsic spirituality Extrinsic spirituality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Evangel UniversitySpringfieldUSA

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