Conceptualizing and engaging with pastoral authority

Full Title
Conceptualizing and engaging with pastoral authority
Author
Scott R Maurer
Abstract
While secular academia has begun to explore followership, there is a dearth of research in the Christian world. In response, the researcher interviewed sixteen congregants and six pastors from churches in the Washington, DC area about how they conceptualize and engage with pastoral authority. The researcher analyzed the interviews using a modified grounded theory approach. Analysis suggested congregants have an overreliance on a pastor's personal authority and an underdeveloped conception of a pastor's role authority. Drawing on the field research, relevant literature, and the Hebrews 13:7 and 13:17 biblical texts, the researcher offers a practical theology of authority and submission.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Donald L Reed
Language
English
Date
2016
Number of Pages
258
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