Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The influence of pastoral experience on the success of church planters in the Church of the Nazarene and the Wesleyan Church
by Crofford, Todd K., D.Min., Biola University, 2014, 152; 3615222
Abstract (Summary)

Church planting is increasingly pursued by denominations as a very effective means of church growth. Because church planting is an expensive undertaking with considerable downsides to failure, organizations seek to use the best candidate assessment processes possible. Discussion is ongoing concerning the specific value of previous pastoral experience as an indicator of the potential for a future church planter's success. This doctoral project utilized a survey instrument to track the comparative success rate of church planters with and without previous pastoral experience in the Church of the Nazarene and The Wesleyan Church. The survey also examined the attitudes of current church planters toward the value of experience within their present ministry. The results indicated a statistically insignificant advantage toward success if having previous pastoral experience. However, the project also revealed a high value placed on previous pastoral experience by church planters. The survey also discovered which skills planters found most valuable and transferable from established pastoral ministry to church planting. Apostolic skills were consistently desired over skills considered more pastoral in nature. The compilation of the research indicates that planter assessment centers should begin to consider the role of experience in addition to the discovery of planter capacities. Furthermore, denominations need to consider ways to come alongside planters to supplement any skills needed to succeed at the challenging work of church planting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McIntosh, Gary L.
Commitee: Seymour, D. Bruce
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Clerical studies
Keywords: Capacity, Church of the Nazarene, Church planters, Experience, Success, Wesleyan
Publication Number: 3615222
ISBN: 9781303810763
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