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A family support model for enhancing the well-being and work performance of Christians in managerial positions

Florence Matsveru, Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4976 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4976 | © 2018 Florence Matsveru, Johann-Albrecht Meylahn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 March 2018 | Published: 08 August 2018

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Florence Matsveru, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is based on a PhD study entitled: ‘Wellbeing and work performance of Christians in managerial positions: A Namibian case study’. The main aim of the study was to find out if there is a correlation between the well-being and work performance of Christian managers and support from their families, which would culminate into a model for use by Christian managers, Christian managers’ families and Christian practitioners such as pastors, counsellors and other practitioners in the helping profession. The study was based on Don Browning’s revised correlational approach to practical theology and used a mixed methods research design (quantitative and qualitative). Thirty-two Christian managers in Ohangwena Region, Namibia, participated in the study, and six biblical examples and other key scriptures were selected to draw theological principles related to Christian managers’ well-being and work performance in relation to family support. The aim of this article is to present the model, which is based on the understanding that Christian managers’ well-being affects their work performance, that family support contributes significantly to Christian managers’ well-being, that Christian managers have a role to play if they are to receive family support, and that churches play an important part in encouraging family support for Christian managers.

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Management in Africa; Pastoral Care; Leadership

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