Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Study of Pastor Perceptions of Peer Mentoring in a Disrupted Context among Pastors Attending Portbell Road Pastors Fellowship
by Wandera, Richmond, Ph.D., Lancaster Bible College, 2018, 273; 27998728
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative contrast-comparative study is concerned with how pastors involved in the peer mentoring program of Portbell Road Pastors Fellowship (PRPF) describe their perceived value of peer relationships for leadership development and spiritual growth.

The premise that peer relationships are essential for personal development has long been accepted and empirically verified in adult development literature. Social psychologists have seen that one develops best within a social nexus of relationships. This assertion is well demonstrated in the case of Uganda.

As a result of countless deaths from longstanding civil wars, pastors in Uganda face an overwhelming shortage of experienced Christian mentors to help them as they pursue their careers and dreams. In response to this shortage, Ugandan pastors have resorted to peer mentoring as a way of accessing needed leadership and spiritual growth.

While adult development studies have established that mentoring is valuable for enhancing learning among adults, these findings must be caveated with the element that most mentoring research has been conducted within traditional institutional settings with a focus on dyadic mentor-protégé relationships. A majority of studies in the field of mentoring have been conducted among educational institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and among top company executives. Little is known about mentoring in disrupted contexts.

Higgins and Kram (2001) argued that more malleable mentoring models that can easily be tailored to serve a variety of contextual challenges must be sought, explored, and presented as options for learners in non-traditional contexts.

This study sought to establish how pastors describe their perceived value of peer mentoring within PRPF for leadership development and spiritual growth. This study focused on pastors who have held a pastoral position at the same church for more than five years, who have actively participated in PRPF’s peer mentoring program for more than three years, and who can read and write in English.

The researcher collected data through interviews, then divided the data into units for coding, implemented a coding process, analyzed the results, and reported the findings. The results demonstrated that mentoring was perceived as a valuable for leadership and spiritual development among pastors in disrupted contexts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gushiken, Kevin
Commitee:
School: Lancaster Bible College
Department: Leadership Studies
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African Studies, Theology, Organization Theory
Keywords: African history, Koinonia, Leadership development, Peer mentoring, Spiritual development, War
Publication Number: 27998728
ISBN: 9798641006963
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