Personality traits of Church Planters in Europe

A. Foppen, S. Paas, J.W. van Saane

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In this article we present the results of a Big Five personality test among 59 religious entrepreneurs (church planters) in Europe, and we compare these results with (a) a general database, and (b) existing research among secular entrepreneurs. Our study concludes that church planters are significantly more extravert and significantly less neurotic than the general population. Although our research also indicates that church planters are more agreeable and more conscientious than the general population, differences on these items were not significant. As to openness to experience, there was no difference between church planters and the general population. Comparison with research among secular entrepreneurs leads to rather ambiguous results. The only shared trait that can be established with some reliability is that both church planters and secular entrepreneurs are less neurotic than other people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Empirical Theology : JET
Issue number1
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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