A Cross-Cultural Study of Factors Motivating Church of Christ Ministry Students to Enter Ministry

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Title: A Cross-Cultural Study of Factors Motivating Church of Christ Ministry Students to Enter Ministry
Author: Brothers, Wilburn
Advisor: Pettegrew, Hal Kenton
Abstract: This dissertation is a cross-cultural study of ministry students at select Church

of Christ schools in the United States, Panama, India, and Nigeria who are preparing for

ministries related to the teaching of the Word of God (the Bible). The researcher

developed a two page survey to be administered to participants. The instrument was

reviewed by an expert panel and pilot tested in three countries: United States, Ukraine,

and India. The final survey consisted of eight demographic questions and a listing of

twenty-nine factors for participants to choose. Participants were then asked to rank the

top five factors, in order of influence on their decision to enter ministries related to

teaching Scripture.

The survey was sent via email to a total of 31 schools in the four countries (15

in the U.S., 2 in Panama, 7 in India, 7 in Nigeria). Twenty schools participated in the

study by the researcher's deadline (11 in the U.S., 2 in Panama, 2 in India, 5 in Nigeria).

A total of 523 students filled out the survey (304 in U.S., 19 in Panama, 101 in India, 99

in Nigeria). Student responses were recorded on an Excel spreadsheet and then analyzed

using SPSS.

The researcher analyzed the findings in terms of three research questions. The

focus of the research and the questions was on the frequency at which factors were

identified by students, the ranking of the top factors by the students, and analysis of the

difference between those rankings. Factors were ranked by frequency for the group and

for each individual country to answer the first research question. In regards to the second

research question, factors were ranked on an additive scale based on how they were

ranked among the top 5 by participants. The third question focused on differences in

mean ranks. Kruskal-Wallis H testing was applied to the mean ranks of each factor

ranked by the students. Factors with a significance below .05 were declared to be

significantly different among the groups. Eight of the twenty-nine factors were found to

be significantly different, providing evidence that culture can impact one's motivation to

enter ministries related to teaching Scripture. These eight factors were as follows: concern

for the lost, desire to start a congregation, parent/family member, elder in local

congregation, youth minister in local congregation, preacher in local congregation,

ministry training outside local congregation, and previous experience in ministry.

Key Words: Calling, Motivation, Motivational Factors, Ministry, Influence, Church of

Christ, Ministry Students.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3812
Date: 2010-05

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