Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Armenian Presbyterian Congregation in New Jersey: Transitioning of Some Members from Ethnocentric Mindset to Kingdom Missional Mindset
by Gulleyan, Berj B., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2017, 142; 10742949
Abstract (Summary)

The author presents a research paper that studies the causes and effects of transition from an Ethnocentric Mindset to a Missional Kingdom Mindset that some members of APC have encountered.

The church being ethnically Armenian, has a unique history of faith that is interwoven in the fabrics of the Armenian identity. The transitioning of some members to a Missional Kingdom Mindset has brought forth certain challenges where the transitioned members have found that their new mindset was no longer compatible with that of the ethnocentric mindset.

The author’s interest in this study was to find out the causes that led the changing of the mindsets. Thus, fifteen members were identified by the author and were invited to participate in the study.

The author employed a mixed methodology that utilized a quantitative/qualitative instrument. The author used an EM Scale followed by EM Interviews to verify the hypotheses of the study.

Results of the study verified the study’s hypotheses. The author discovered that the four major causes for the transition were: The Preaching of the Word, Pastor’s Influence in their lives, The work of the Holy Spirit and Exposure to Bible studies and Christian Books.

The study concludes that ethnocentrism within the church is a great obstacle to ‘Missio Dei’ and has no place in God’s Kingdom and proposes recommendations for the church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology
Keywords: Armenian Presbyterian, Congregation, Ethnocentric mindset, Kingdom missional mindset, New Jersey
Publication Number: 10742949
ISBN: 9780355890310
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