There are various reasons why Christian psychologists may resist fully participating in a church community. Among these are historic tensions between science and religion, the complexity of multiple role relationships, cynicism related to clients' negative experiences in religious communities, and differing perspectives on attributions and human nature. Despite these obstacles, there are compelling reasons for psychologists to remain involved in church. Eight of these reasons are described--clustered into professional, relational, and transformational domains--and implications discussed.
McMinn, Mark R.; Vogel, Michael J.; and Heyne, Laura K., "A Place for the Church within Professional Psychology" (2010). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 203.