ONU Graduate Education Dissertations

This collection contains selected dissertations submitted to the faculty of Olivet Nazarene University School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership.

Resourcing the Postmodern Pastor: An Examination of Young Pastors’ Attitudes and the Implications for Denominational Publishers

Bonnie J. Perry
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The researcher concluded that there is a subtle but unmistakable paradigm shift in thinking on the part of 35-or-younger pastors, who demonstrated statistically significant differences from the 36-or-older group in most questions in the section of the survey instrument pertaining to worldview, matters of authority, salvation, Scripture, the church and the world, spiritual practices, and faith formation in the local context.

Abstract 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.


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