Date of Award
College of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Dr. Thomas Hisiro, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Timothy Melvin
Dr. Robert Rubenstein
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.
Religion -- West Virginia.
Pastor -- Leadership.
Boswell-Stickley, Tina L., "Pastor self-perceived preparedness and training to model and lead sensitivity in their congregations and spiritually lead LGBTQ individuals: a qualitative study of pastors of the Potomac Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God" (2023). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1829.