Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
H. Stanton Tuttle
Jeffrey S. Williamson
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Community Application
This study explored the influence of postmodernity on the changing attitudes of young pastors regarding spirituality and discipleship in their adult congregants. The purpose of this study was to educate and equip Christian publishers to resource young pastors who are ministering in a postmodern culture. The study focused on Church of the Nazarene pastors 35 years old or younger in the calendar year 2012, exploring their attitudes toward Christian faith, spirituality, and discipleship. At certain junctures in the study, the young pastors’ attitudes were compared to those of pastors who were 36 years or older in order to determine what differences existed in the two demographics. The research pointed to a subtle but unmistakable paradigm shift in thinking on the part of 35-or-younger pastors in matters pertaining to worldview, authority, salvation, Scripture, the Church and the world, spiritual practices, and faith formation in the local context. By examining the young pastors’ priorities, attitudes, and preferences, the researcher gleaned information that will help denominational publishers develop resources to better equip pastors to foster spiritual growth in their congregations.
Perry, Bonnie J., "Resourcing the Postmodern Pastor: An Examination of Young Pastors’ Attitudes and the Implications for Denominational Publishers" (2014). Ed.D. Dissertations. 66.
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