A generational apportionment analysis of perceived ministry tasks in relationship to the spiritual giftedness of senior pastors

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Title: A generational apportionment analysis of perceived ministry tasks in relationship to the spiritual giftedness of senior pastors
Author: Osborne, Ronald Aaron
Advisor: Simpson, Mark Edward
Abstract: This dissertation analyzed the relationship of spiritual gifts identified by senior pastors in Southern Baptist churches in relationship to perceived tasks of ministry across generational apportionments. The catalyst for the study was the completed because of the apparent lack of consensus regarding the functions and responsibilities of those serving as senior pastors, in relation to the pastors' perceived spiritual giftedness.

The position of pastor is highly relational. As perceptions change regarding the task of the pastor, the very face of ministry changes with it. This research highlighted several of the secular shifts that are currently taking place in many churches. It also examined some of the problems associated with secular business models and task-oriented paradigms when applied to the ministries of the church.

The study of precedent literature began with and examined leadership in the Old Testament. Attention was given to Nehemiah--as one who exhibited great leadership during challenging times. The Book of Nehemiah was outlined with many breakdowns regarding the various tasks of Nehemiah's ministry. This chapter also provided a preview of literature pertaining to the various tasks of ministry, as well as, a close examination of spiritual gifts in relation to the perceived tasks of ministry. Each ministry gift of the Holy Spirit of God was listed, defined, and examined in relation to the perceived tasks of ministry and their impact thereon.

A design overview of the relationship of spiritual gifts identified by senior pastors in Southern Baptist churches in relationship to perceived ministry tasks across generational apportionments. A description of the population examined and instrumentation used to measure the spiritual gifts of the pastors participating in the study was also provided.

The findings revealed those areas that pastors perceived as spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. Attention was given regarding generational commonalities and variations of spiritual giftedness that exist between pastors born during each of the three stated generational apportionments. It also included an analysis of the relationship of spiritual gifts identified by senior pastors in Southern Baptist churches in relationship to perceived ministry tasks across generational apportionments.

The closing chapter contained implications surrounding the impact the research has on literature, pastors, and the church are clearly stated. Research applications provided subjective proposed outcomes that resulted from the findings. Additional research designs were examined that could be explored as a result of the current study along with suggestions regarding potential modifications that could enhance the replication of the current design.

Description: This item is only available to students and faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are not associated with SBTS, this dissertation may be purchased from http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb or downloaded through ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database if your institution subscribes to that service.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/296
Date: 2004-05-14

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