In what ways do employed ministers and volunteers understand sacrificial living?

In this dissertation I explore the question: In what ways do employed ministers and volunteers understand sacrificial living? In the introduction I introduce the topic of sacrificial living and explain why I think the topic is relevant to ministry.

The literature review explores sacrifice in more detail before concentrating on the concept of sacrificial living and the Bible verse of Romans 12:1.  I then focus on literature written to give guidance to Christians and books that have influenced people’s life-style choices, focusing my attention on any mention of sacrifice.

The methodology section explains why I chose a mixed methods approach and goes into detail highlighting my approach to the research. I carried out an online survey, two focus groups and three interviews, the strengths and weakness of each are explored in this section.

In the main section of this dissertation I go through the process of data analysis. I examine the results of the research and summaries the findings. The results highlight participants understanding of sacrificial living and provides detail of their life- style choices. At first the results seemed messy, with the data being largely participant’s opinions, but I have been able to draw conclusions and make further recommendations. I believe that carrying out this research as opened up further questions and interesting avenues for research.

Abigail Clark

Abigail studied with MCYM for 3 years achieving a BA (Hons) in Youthwork, Communities and Practical Theology