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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Human Resource Development in Under-Resourced Urban Ministry Structures of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod: How LCMS Urban Pastors Are Developed Through Mentorship
by Bolling, Gerard I., Ed.D., Concordia University Wisconsin, 2020, 112; 28264030
Abstract (Summary)

This study was executed to investigate the lived mentorship experiences of urban LCMS pastors, examining the relationships of pastors to their mentors. The purpose of this research was to provide a guide for mentorship and development for pastors and leaders serving in ministry structures through qualitative research. With stories collected from seven LCMS urban pastors across the country, the findings serve as a guidebook for the development and support of pastors as they seek to unleash experience in their given urban contexts. Participant interviews provided data from pastors over Zoom. The researcher served as the data collection instrument, using open coding to code the collected data. A focus group of five experienced LCMS pastors reviewed the thematic and categorical pieces found within the data over a Zoom conference call, a step taken to increase the trustworthiness of the research. The results of this study showed a relationship between pastoral mentorship and development as a human resource for the LCMS church in the urban context. The findings support the assertion that mentors serve as driving forces in the lives of the pastors whom they help to shape and form. Mentors share their life experiences with their mentees, further equipping the mentees to serve in the urban context.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hurtienne, Matthew
Commitee: Benke, David, Nunes, John
School: Concordia University Wisconsin
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin, US
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Urban planning, Theology
Keywords: Leadership, Leadership development, Lutheran, Mentorship, Ministry, Urban
Publication Number: 28264030
ISBN: 9798557091978
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