Increasing attention has been given to psychologist-clergy collaboration in mainstream psychology journals, yet much remains to be considered regarding how these collaborative relationships will benefit the work of pastors and Christian congregations. The purpose of this research was to evaluate clergy perspectives regarding what psychologists can offer to facilitate the ministry of the church. Various methods of assessment were used, including a survey of evangelical pastors, responses to an open-ended question via electronic mail and in person, and a focus group of Christian mental health practitioners. Respondents indicated an interest in the relationship of sin and psychological disorder, interventions particularly related to marriage and family counseling, understanding of diverse personalities in dealing with church conflict, understanding of psychological disorders, and methods of caring for their personal needs as pastors. Recommendations are offered for those interested in collaborating with clergy.
McRay, Barrett W.; McMinn, Mark R.; Wrightsman, Karen; Burnett, Todd; and Ho, Shiu-Ting Donna, "What Evangelical Pastors Want to Know about Psychology" (2001). Faculty Publications - Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program. 193.