Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Frank Schmitt

Primary Subject Area

Theology; Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Religion, Philosophy of; Philosophy; Education, Religious

Keywords

Doctrine, Evangelical Friends, Lifestyle, Methods, Pastors, Philosophy

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Education | Philosophy | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Systematic/Doctrinal Theology

Abstract

This is a study of the dominant views of traditional evangelical Friends pastors and contemporary evangelical pastors. A comparative study of lifestyle, methods of ministry, and primary doctrinal beliefs is used to discover areas of agreement, differences, and points critical to successful leadership for Evangelical Friends pastors. Being a pastor and denominational leader in the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region for the past 32 years gives the author a critical interest in this study. Every church and denomination wants to effectively reach people for Christ. The author and Evangelical Friends are no different. Academic research is combined with interviews of evangelical Friends pastors and denominational leaders, surveys, and statistical data. Responses of contemporary pastors to the differences discovered between them and traditional Friends pastors are noted. Finally, through an analysis of the past and present the author leaves the reader with lessons learned regarding effective pastoral leadership for the 21st Century.