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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Intergenerational Disunity in Nondenominational Tennessee Pentecostal Churches: An Intrinsic Multiple Case Study
by Norrod, Benjamin, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2020, 233; 27740798
Abstract (Summary)

At the launching of Pentecostalism in 1906, intergenerational disunity was an

issue between leaders is problematic in the 21st century. This research study

illuminated why nondenominational Pentecostal Church (NPC) elder leaders

reject 21st-century evolution for Pentecostalism. Two research questions were

employed in this qualitative intrinsic multiple case study. The first was why

some elder NPC leaders reject the use of educational and technology practices

among members. The findings indicated elders rejected technology as a

distraction making congregants idle to spiritual things and separated them from

fellowship with their families and church peers. Further, education and

technology caused people to become reliant upon non-Biblical information. The

second showed what negative effects some millennial leaders feel when rejected

by elders in NPC. Millennial leaders posited rejection made them feel

unappreciated, untrusted, and questioned in their ability to lead. Data was

collected using online qualitative surveys answered by three participant groups:

ministers, worship leaders, and congregants from three Tennessee NPC. Through

triangulation, six major themes were developed from data collected in pursuit of

answering the research questions. Namely, the major themes resulting from this

study reflected modern technology and education not aligning with

pneumatology, the continuing influence of old-fashioned beliefs, the importance

of relationships, lack of respect between generations, over reliance upon

technology, and the use of education as a tool for promoting faith. Additional

research using other church settings could provide further key insights and

possible confirmation into just how this information would be helpful in reversing

church disunity and declining membership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krell, Robert
Commitee: Gordon, Pamela, Sessoms-Penny, Sandra
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Religious history
Keywords: Case study, Intergenerational, Intrinsic, Millennial, Pentecostal, Qualitative
Publication Number: 27740798
ISBN: 9781658458436
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