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The business of evangelism: A phenomenological study of frustration and attrition among Christian evangelists
by Felsburg, David F., Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 113; 3324816
Abstract (Summary)

The Business of Evangelism: A Phenomenological Study of Frustration and Attrition Among Christian Evangelists uses the phenomenological methodology to examine two related phenomena in the Christian faith. The call of a person to the ministry of evangelism is required by the Bible and is considered a high privilege for anyone in that ministry. Without it church growth and the Christian faith itself could not proliferate or maintain themselves. Nevertheless, the frustrations of working in evangelism are many and some of those called to the evangelism ministry find them overwhelming. The survey of Senior Pastors in very successful churches primarily within the tough Northern Virginia ministry area is executed to collect information from excellent evangelical ministers, identify the felt experiences of their frustrations and resulting attrition, analyze the characteristics of these experiences and evaluate their impact on the ministers involved.

These ministers are generally senior pastors, have a minimum of a master's degree and have been serving in the ministry for more than 30 years. They come from several evangelical denominations and have been pastor of churches both nationally and internationally. They currently lead very successful Southern Baptist churches in the Northern Virginia area. Lists of characteristics of their frustrations and their feelings regarding attrition are included in the findings of this phenomenological study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ludwig, Germain D.
Commitee: Fraser-Beekman, Stephanie M., Minchella, Karen
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Philosophy of religion, Religious education
Keywords: Attrition, Christian, Dissatisfaction, Evangelism, Evangelist, Frustration, Resignation
Publication Number: 3324816
ISBN: 978-0-549-77826-4
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