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Self-esteem, then, is the degree to which a person accepts and values him- or herself.  It is a feeling about one’s personal worthiness.

Self-concept is cognitive in nature; self-esteem is attitudinal.  The self-concept is the picture of the self, whereas self-esteem is the attitude one has as related to that picture.  Part of one’s self-picture might be the image of preacher – a functional role that is performed in ministry.  Different preachers have varied feelings about that self-image, however.  Some talk about the preaching function of ministry with delight and joy and feel good about that aspect of their vocation.  Others speak about it with a sense of frustration and anguish and feel quite negative about that dimension of their professional identity.

Both self-concept and self-esteem are important in the preaching process, and each relates to both congregation and preacher, since both pastor and people carry self-pictures and self-feelings.  However, many writers believe that self-esteem may be the more important of the two.

Self-esteem is a complex value judgment that persons make about themselves.  This complexity can be understood by examining some process that are related to self-esteem.

Underlying Processes
Wells and Marwell distinguish between two main processes – evaluation and affection.  Self-evaluation and self-affection constitute two types of self-esteem which result from diverse forms of positive experience – relationship formation and achievement success.  The two primary focuses of personal esteem are power and worth, or status and acceptance.

When self-esteem is thought of as self-evaluation, it refers to worth in a utilitarian, or instrumental, sense.  From this perspective, a person is viewed as a purposive instrumental, sense.  From this perspective, a person is viewed as a purposive instrument and is evaluated in the same terms as any other implement.  An assignment of some judgment – such as good or bad – is made on the basis of an object’s usefulness and/or accomplishment (e.g., the whole person, an ability, a personal characteristic, a behavioral style).  The level of self-esteem is rooted in personal achievement and recognition.  The principle of achievement underlies this understanding of self-esteem.

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