A Multiple Case Study: Participative Decision-Making in Four Black Indiana Churches

Full Title
A Multiple Case Study: Participative Decision-Making in Four Black Indiana Churches
Author
Michael S. Johnson D.Min.
Abstract
This research study looked at factors in participative decision-making that would balance congregational polity and pastoral authority. A multiple-case study was conducted with four Black Baptist churches in central Indiana. Fifteen participants were interviewed across cases and organizational documents were analyzed. Four themes emerged from the study. They included effectiveness, unified involvement, decision parameters, and trusted leadership. Effectiveness related to support for a decision. Unified Involvement was about members’ sense of belonging. Parameters involved areas where certain groups had discretion in decision-making. Lastly, trusted leadership pertained to the calling of a pastor and the confidence members placed in that calling.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Church Leadership
Type of Work
Dissertation
Advisor
Stephen Gibson
Language
English
Date
2020
Number of Pages
169
Copyright Statement
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