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Title: 'The art of arts and the science of sciences' : the cure of the soul and the leadership role of the clergy
Author: Hartless, Berengaria Isabella De La Tour
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 4776
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores the leaqdership role of clergy in the Church of England in the light of the concept of the cure of souls. This is begun through an original analysis of the Church of England's expectations of the role of the clergy, as enshrined in its key documents, the Ordinals, the Canons of the Church of England, and the nationally agreed Learning Outcomes for curacy. Drawing on three pieces of empirical research, The theology of leadership and the practice of ministry of a group of Church of England curates (Hartless, 2011); the Aveyard Report on vocation and the realities of ordained ministry (Aveyard, 2011); and a report on self-supporting ministry are discussed. In addition, the main reasons that there has been a change in the role of the clergy from a pastoral emphasis to a more leadership and managerial focus are considered, including an exploration of church leadership in context with an original heuristic tool relating sociological form and culture. The range of meanings of the term 'cure of souls' as used in the past and today are discussed, and in particular, the theological basis of the cure of souls, in relation to ecclesial leadership, is explored through the writings of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzus and John Cassian. The final chapter reflects critically on the views of the chosen patristic writers, relating key points from their works to leadership and the cure of souls in the Church of England today in order to consider the potential for transformative leadership in the church, and in support of a pneumatological ecclesiology with respect to ordained ministry.
Supervisor: Sedmak, Clemens ; Joyce, Paul Michael Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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