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.
|Advisor:||Cullum, Douglas R.|
|Commitee:||Cullum, Douglas R., Grimm, Nelson J., Kendall, David W.|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Clergy, Regional Studies|
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