College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
In this overview of what psychological science has discovered about goal setting, we will see that goal setting tends to make people more productive. This essay examines the conditions under which goal setting is most effective, as well as the situations where goal setting can be dangerous. Studies of goal-setting theory have found that job performance increases when people have challenging but specific performance goals. The mechanisms that cause goal setting to lead to greater effectiveness are just as present in Christian ministry as in any other kind of work. Also the dangers associated with goal setting are especially relevant in Christian contexts.
Dunaetz, D. R.
(2013). Goals and Accountability for Ministry Effectiveness: Insights from Psychological Science. Dharma Deepika: A South Asian Journal of Missiological Research, 17(1), 66-79.
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