Called to order: a study of ordination and authority in regard to administrative leadership among United Methodist pastors

Full Title
Called to order: a study of ordination and authority in regard to administrative leadership among United Methodist pastors
Author
Brian K White
Abstract
This project attempts to answer the question: "Do United Methodist pastors see administrative tasks as being an important part of pastoral ministry, does this vary for ordained and non-ordained clergy, and if there are differences how are they expressed in perceptions and priorities?" Pastors in two districts of the United Methodist Church were surveyed with follow-up interviews regarding their perceptions and practices around duties listed under "order" in The United Methodist Book of Discipline. Comparisons and contrasts in thinking are identified between ordained and non-ordained clergy. Data collected indicates that ordination is not the primary factor in shaping pastor's perceptions and practices about administrative tasks but that, for many clergy, appointment by the bishop is the significant motivating factor in ordering the church.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Mark Allen Fowler
Language
English
Date
2013
Number of Pages
101