This dissertation looks at the impact of common stressors on the offspring of classical Pentecostal Hispanic/Latino Pastors in the greater New York Area, especially as these relate to their retention in the Christian faith. Chapter 1 covers the context and purpose of the study, and outlines the problem, the research model, and the theological framework. The literature review in Chapter 2 explores what a healthy pastoral lifestyle should look like and reviews possible reasons why some PKs leave the Christian faith and others do not. Chapter 3 presents the quantitative and qualitative data collected from PK surveys, Non-PK surveys, and interviews. The findings in Chapter 4 support the hypothesis that PKs who remain in the faith tend to have lower PK stressor inventory scores than PKs who leave the faith. The interpretation of the data includes possible causes, trends, and implications for PKs and their home and church environment. The findings support an argument for a more effective support system for PKs in response to the unique and complex challenges they face. The recommendations made in Chapter 5 are thus for solid strategies that will support the PK population through education, strategic spiritual formation, specialized conferences, small groups and networking.
|Commitee:||Chan, Frank, Sanders, Martin, Velez, Carlos|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Clerical studies, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Clergy families, Hispanic, Pastoral families, Pastors kids, Pentecostal|
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