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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Ethnography of Recent Pastoral Transitions at Pearce Church
by Fleming, Walter S., D.Min., Northeastern Seminary, 2018, 134; 10792331
Abstract (Summary)

In most any church, the transition to a new lead pastor presents a significant challenge to a congregation. Ethnography is the practice of listening to a particular group or culture to learn the nuanced life of that community. This ethnography of a congregation located in upstate New York examines the congregation’s response to a particularly difficult pastoral transition. Based on interviews with more than forty members of the church, as well as interviews with pastoral staff and denominational overseers, this study presents a snapshot of the church as it faces a new transition in pastoral leadership while the wounds of a previous transition remain tender. This study advocates for leaders to provide the kind of listening that acknowledges the challenges that result from a change in lead pastors, and to be proactive and transparent in communicating with parishioners throughout the transition period.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cullum, Douglas R.
Commitee: Cullum, Douglas R., Grimm, Nelson J., Kendall, David W.
School: Northeastern Seminary
Department: Seminary
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Clergy, Regional Studies
Keywords: Ethnography, Pastoral
Publication Number: 10792331
ISBN: 978-0-355-85749-8
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