Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Distraction, Leadership, Phenomena, Phenomenology
Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Religion
Marcy, Todd, "A Phenomenological Study: The Quest for God in an Epoch of Distraction" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1666.
Distraction happens to everyone at some point in time. Diverted attention while driving can have serious consequences, and being sidetracked while talking on the cellphone can cause one to forget where the car keys were laid down at home. Distraction at church during a worship service can affect one’s relationship with God and others. Personal motivations, pre-existing conditions, and duration of time contribute to how a person will interact with a disturbance of attention; likewise, factors of biology, technology, values, and mores can influence the power of partial attention. The purpose of this phenomenological study is to examine the lived experiences of pastors and congregants at Faith Community Church in Kissimmee, Florida, and the impact of this study can potentially increase a grasp on distraction and its effect upon a congregation. This study proves a correlation exists between an object, the phenomena of distraction, and a person’s spiritual journey.