Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Toni Pauls

Second Advisor

Dr. Bonnie Perry

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


This study explored the influence of the evolution of post-secondary educational delivery modes on the preparation of ministers in the Church of the Nazarene. The purpose of this study was to examine the trends, outcomes, and efficacy of multiple educational delivery modes for ministerial students in the Church of the Nazarene in order to recommend strategies to enhance the preparedness of clergy for ordination and ministry. The study examined the relationship of the multiple educational delivery modes to student attitudes and perceptions about preparation for ordination, perceived competencies of the formational objectives and curricular objectives, and ministry (career) outcomes of pastors. The research revealed that the delivery mode chosen did not have a significant difference in ministers’ perceptions of competency, attitudes toward preparation for ordination, or overall ministerial job satisfaction. However, the results of the survey provided significant insights from ministers that may prove to influence the trajectory of clergy preparation for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. The implications of this study may provide denominational leaders a comprehensive examination of the trends and efficacy of post-secondary education in the twenty-first century and to better equip them in the development and implementation of more effective educational requirements and modes of delivery to ensure desired outcomes of educational preparedness of clergy for ordination.

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