A Descriptive Analysis of the Relationship between Paradigms and Duties of Pastoral Ministry

DSpace/Manakin Repository

A Descriptive Analysis of the Relationship between Paradigms and Duties of Pastoral Ministry

Show full item record

Title: A Descriptive Analysis of the Relationship between Paradigms and Duties of Pastoral Ministry
Author: Fain, James Allen III
Advisor: Bredfeldt, Gary J.
Abstract: This study examined perceptions of paradigms and duties in pastoral ministry.

In particular, the imperative to preach the Word was researched to ascertain its priority

among other duties. The research focused on duties (the what) of ministry over against

style (the how) ultimately to determine if clarity or confusion exists.

From a population of over 37,000 Southern Baptist Convention churches, more

than 400 pastors (principally senior or solo pastors) were sampled. Respondents selfidentified

paradigms previously taught, ideally desired, and currently used. They also

rated the importance of 10 pastoral duties and other aspects of ministry via a rating scale.

Data were analyzed to describe current perceptions of pastoral ministry.

Though perceptions on paradigms and duties did differ, preaching was consistently rated

the most prominent; actual practice, however, trailed taught expectations. Perceptions are

invaluable for (1) seminaries in curriculum development, (2) seminarians in paradigm

formation, (3) leaders in contextualization, and (4) churches in ministry alignment.

Key words: Paradigms, pastoral ministry, pastoral duties, pastoral tasks, ministry models.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3817
Date: 2010-05

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
3445602.pdf 5.056Mb PDF Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search BDL


Advanced Search

Browse

My Account