Shifting gears: An exploratory study of factors impacting the well-being of retired faith-based ministers in Australia and New Zealand

Bernadene Erasmus, Peter John Morey, Peter Williams, Bruce Manners

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Abstract

The rising tide of aged citizens globally suggests a compelling argument for increased understanding of factors impacting aging and retirement. Extended insight into the well-being of lesser studied groups offer suggestions to potentially enhance future planning for aging citizens. A study exploring the experience of clergy in Australia and New Zealand suggests a substantive theory on retirement in this context. A grounded study approach was adopted as best fit. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 42 retired clergy and their wives. Findings suggest the underpinning role of spirituality in the primary elements of; choice, flexibility and connectivity as factors impacting the well-being of faith-based retirees in this context.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2021

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