Theological Coherence of Church of the Nazarene Youth Pastors in the U.S. with the Articles of Faith
Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Kelly S. Brown
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Faith Integration
Little was known about the degree of agreement Church of the Nazarene youth pastors in the USA had with the denomination’s 16 Articles of Faith. Learning the degree of agreement would help denominational leaders engage current and future youth pastors to achieve theological coherence. The sample size of the study consisted of 324 youth pastors from a possible 954. Five research questions helped to learn the youth pastor degree of agreement with the Articles of Faith further analyzed through the characteristics of education, credentialing status, and years member of the Church of the Nazarene. Furthermore, the study learned the familiarity the youth pastors had with the Articles of Faith prior to the survey, along with the youth pastors agreement that the Articles of Faith should be known, taught, and included in youth church membership classes. The quantitative study used descriptive statistics along with one-way ANOVAs and Tukey post hoc analysis to analyze the data. Qualitative comments provided additional understanding to the youth pastors’ thoughts. The researcher found a high youth pastor degree of agreement with the Articles of Faith that was strengthened through education, the credentialing process, and affinity with the Church of the Nazarene. The findings enabled denominational leadership to strengthen theological coherence among youth pastors in the USA.
Hartke, Gary Wayne, "Theological Coherence of Church of the Nazarene Youth Pastors in the U.S. with the Articles of Faith" (2017). Ed.D. Dissertations. 107.
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Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2017 for Olivet Nazarene University.