Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Motivational factors promoting postmodern volunteerism in Christian religious organizations
by Ridley, Louis E., Jr., Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 178; 3727502
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to document the motivational factors of postmodern era volunteers and to examine how potential commonalities in philosophy, theology, and leadership styles can provide common ground for the postmodern and traditional volunteers in Christian religious organizations (CRO). The scope of the research study was limited to a traditional CRO with active Generation X and millennial generations volunteering in the organization. The specific population consisted of members of a CRO. The use of interviews, focus groups, and observations supported the holistic analysis through the triangulation of data. The data analysis followed an inductive and deductive analysis process. The results of the study provided several findings related to postmodern era generation motivation factors. The emergent themes from the research of the phenomenon were: family focus, Spiritual release, modeling religion through leadership action, leadership style, giftings, volunteer opportunities that model religion, and community leadership. The results of the case study revealed that the postmodern era generations of the CRO studied favored family focus as motivation to volunteer. Additionally, the findings demonstrated that the postmodern era volunteers believed that the commitment to join also implied a commitment to volunteer time to the organization. The findings from the study demonstrated that the actions of the outreach ministries with the community should model the educational teaching of the organization. The recommendations from this study for CRO leaders include focusing on the whole family, designing outreach tasks that support service to families and the community, and demonstrating religion through service to community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hossain, Tarique
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Management, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Church, Faith based, Family structure, Generations, Non-profit, Post-modern church
Publication Number: 3727502
ISBN: 978-1-339-12649-4
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