The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore how African American ministerial leaders in the Southeast United States described their experience with prayer as a spiritual discipline and the effect those experiences might have on leadership practices within their ministry. Bowlby’s Attachment Theory was the theoretical framework for this study. The research questions were: “How do African American ministerial leaders describe their experiences with prayer as a spiritual discipline” and “How do African American ministerial leaders describe the effects their experiences with prayer as a spiritual discipline might have on their leadership practices within their ministry.” A purposive and snowball sampling strategy was used to select 12 participants for semi-structured interviews, and 41 for prayer experience questionnaires. The data were analyzed through thematic analysis and six themes identified: African American ministerial leaders describe prayer, as a spiritual discipline, as an avenue to mature spiritually; as an instrument to develop a relationship with God while experiencing an increased sense of peace; and as a method to receive guidance from the Spirit of God. Additional identified themes: African American ministerial leaders believe prayer as a spiritual practice empowers them to lead in a state of well-being; enables them to build relationships with followers; and humbles them to trust God while educating followers to trust God.
|Commitee:||Yocum, Russell, Thigpen, Jacques|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious education, Spirituality, African American Studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||African American ministerial leaders, Christian teachings, Ministry, Prayer, Spiritual discipline, Southeast United States, Spirit of God|
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