Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Frank Schmitt

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, General

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology

Abstract

The Holston Baptist Association is the oldest Baptist Association in Tennessee. Established in 1786, the Association presently boasts 106 congregations. Yet for all of its success, statistics reveal that pastoral longevity is not the norm for its churches. This project will analyze the tenure of present pastors within the Holston Baptist Association and provide a blueprint for pastoral longevity in the midst of local church transitions. It will utilize the history of Heritage Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee (USA) and the present pastor's 21-year tenure as a source of research and model for successfully navigating that change. Although specifically intended to benefit the leadership, pastors and churches of the Holston Baptist Association, such a study will profit any pastor and/or church seeking the benefits of pastoral longevity.

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