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How volunteers experience ministry satisfaction in the contexts of a local church and its organizational leadership: A case study
by Garverick, Paul E., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013, 225; 3613529
Abstract (Summary)

Local church volunteer ministry satisfaction received little study in comparison to general sector volunteer satisfaction necessitating exploratory, qualitative case study. A Midwestern, North American local Wesleyan Church. The central research question asked, how do local church volunteers experience ministry satisfaction in the contexts of a local church and its organizational leadership? Three research questions explored topics of (a) local church organizational leadership, (b) group integration, and (c) participation efficacy. The data and findings from three group interviews affirmed and extended previous research related to organizational leadership, group integration, and participation efficacy into local church volunteer ministry satisfaction. Four new local church ministry volunteer satisfaction findings included residual satisfaction, contagious satisfaction, cumulative satisfaction, and core satisfaction. These four findings suggested needed theory and research surrounding quantum satisfaction, or satisfaction that extends beyond individual satisfaction, includes satisfaction over time, and satisfaction as a team member in volunteer ministry. Ministry volunteers see God leading in their individual ministry and in their vision of new ministries, suggesting a need for theory and research into Triune Leadership in which God, local church leaders, and local church ministry volunteers all participate in the local church leadership process. Participants also identified issues of growth and maturity as factors related to their volunteer ministry satisfaction, which points the need for further research into the potential relationship between volunteer ministry satisfaction and local church volunteer maturity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, R. Boyd
Commitee: Elliston, Edgar J., Lo, Jim
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion
Keywords: Case study, Leadership, Local church ministry, Volunteerism, Wesleyan church
Publication Number: 3613529
ISBN: 978-1-303-76489-9
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