Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Through the eyes of future leaders: An exploratory study of seminarians' perceptions of persons with disabilities in their churches
by McCoy, Telika, Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 147; 3482768
Abstract (Summary)

At some point in life each individual has been or will become disabled and the number of persons with disabilities in the United States is on the rise (Carr-Ruffino, 2003). This reality supports the notion that consideration for persons with disabilities is essential to society in all contexts. Though various accommodations that directly address human disability have been made, much remains undone. This study was conducted with consideration for persons with disabilities in churches and future leaders who will play a role in faith communities. A qualitative study with a phenomenological approach was used to explore and document African American seminarians' perceptions of persons with disabilities in their churches, as these students will impact prospective congregations. A purposeful sample of nine African American seminarians was interviewed. The interviews were recorded and transcribed into text. Phenomenological analysis of the text was conducted using ATLAS.ti Qualitative Data Analysis 6.2 software to identify emerging themes. The results of this study added to current literature, as there are no studies published on African American seminarians' perceptions of persons with disabilities in churches. A better understanding of African American seminarians' experiences and promoting church management and ministry models toward serving disability could assist in ensuring a healthy church experience for all humanity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Kit
Commitee: Chenoweth, Lillian, Durante, Joan
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African American Studies, Religion, Social research
Keywords: African american, Churches, Disability, Future leaders, Persons with disabilities, Seminarians
Publication Number: 3482768
ISBN: 9781267046840
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