Date of Award

2023

Degree Name

Leadership Studies

College

College of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree

Ed.D.

Document Type

Dissertation

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Hisiro, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Melvin

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Rubenstein

Abstract

Pastors are responsible for creating welcoming atmospheres within their church buildings and congregations. Societal changes have raised questions about pastors’ preparedness to do so, particularly regarding the LGBTQ community. This qualitative study interviewed lead pastors from the Potomac Ministry Network (PMN) of the Assemblies of God regarding their self-perceived preparedness to model sensitivity and minister to the LGBTQ community. It explored pastor training, experiences, perceptions, and needs to serve this population better. Interviews were transcribed, indexed, coded, and analyzed to identify themes and better understand the dynamics regarding this issue. Results are reported, including limitations, discussions, recommendations, and identified needed areas for future study.

Subject(s)

Homosexuality.

Lesbians.

Religion -- West Virginia.

Pastor -- Leadership.

Church work.

Social change.

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