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The relationship between second generation leaders' sense of valuation by first generation leaders and their retention in the Vietnamese Church in America
by Tran, Nhiem Thai, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2015, 133; 3707924
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the sense of valuation that members of the younger Vietnamese generation receive from church leadership and the effect of this perception of valuation on the church’s retention of the younger generation. The motivation for this study arose out of an intergenerational conflict which has existed for some years between the first and second generations of Vietnamese church leaders and members. The researcher proposed that merging potential leaders of the younger Vietnamese generation into church leadership would increase retention of the younger generation in the Vietnamese churches. In order to test this hypothesis, a survey was created and filled out by three groups of second generation Vietnamese: Group A consisted of those who have remained in the Vietnamese Church; Group B included those who had once attended a Vietnamese Church, but have left and are now attending a non-Vietnamese Church; and Group C was comprised of those who once attended a Vietnamese Church, but now are not attending any church. Thus, the participant groups included one “retained” group and two “un-retained” groups. The seven-question survey was designed to evaluate seven possible issues related to retention, each touching in some way upon the Second Generation’s sense of valuation by the First Generation. The researcher tabulated and analyzed the differences in the responses between the three groups. The results of the study show that valuation of the younger Vietnamese by the first generation is an essential component for making disciples and retaining and developing future leaders within the immigrant Vietnamese church community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sanders, Martin
Commitee: Balmaceda, Vilma, Chan, Frank
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Divinity, Theology
Keywords: Church leadership, Global leadership, Leadership skill, Managing church conflict, Raising next generation leaders
Publication Number: 3707924
ISBN: 978-1-321-82816-0
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