Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Hart Nelson, Craig Taylor, Clifton Bryant

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Ministers occupy a status-position within a social system that carries a well-defined set of cultural expectations about their roles. The membership of the minister’s church, the community at large, and the minister himself formulate ideas and expectations about the function of his roles. Whenever the minister performs his roles in a manner that is contrary to the expectations of the membership of his church or the community the result is a role discord. Role discord also occurs when the minister performs his roles in a way that contradicts his own self-image of his roles. Therefore, this thesis will have as its main objective the discovery of conflict which exists between the ideal expectations that the membership has of the minister’s roles and his self-concept of these roles; and to test hypotheses concerning this conflict.


Christianity | Psychology | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Sociology of Religion