Realities and expectations: Roles of the Pentecostal pastor

John R McClure, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare the expectations of state overseers, pastors, and laity concerning the role priorities of pastors and to compare these expectations with reality in terms of the pastors' role priorities as they report them to presently exist in their ministries. These expectations and realities were determined with a survey developed by the researcher. Six pastoral roles were listed on the survey instruments and respondents were asked to rank these roles in order of importance. Surveys were completed by 33 Church of God of Prophecy state overseers, 107 Tennessee pastors, and 408 laity in the Church of God of Prophecy.^ The following questions were investigated: (1) What is the relationship between pastors' expectations of themselves and reality in terms of the pastors' role priorities as they presently exist in their ministries? (2) What is the relationship between pastors' expectations of themselves and laity's expectations of pastors? (3) What is the relationship between pastors' expectations of themselves and state overseers' expectations of pastors? (4) What is the relationship between what pastors perceive are laity's expectations and laity's expectations of pastors? (5) What is the relationship between what pastors perceive are state overseers' expectations and state overseers' expectations? (6) What is the relationship between reality in terms of pastors' role priorities as they report them to presently exist in their ministries and laity's expectations of pastors? (7) What is the relationship between reality in terms of pastors' role priorities as they report them to presently exist in their ministries and state overseers' expectations of pastors.^ It was anticipated that information would be gained in this study that would help identify areas of conflict, if any, in the role expectations of pastors.^ A Pearsons $r$ correlation coefficient and a Kendall's coefficient of concordance were computed on the sets of mean rankings being compared. Significant concordances and correlations were obtained on all of the comparisons of rankings except the two comparisons regarding the pastor's perception of laity's expectations and the pastor's perception of overseers' expectations. There was no significant relationship found between what pastors stated they perceived were the laity's expectations and the laity's stated expectations. There was also no significant relationship found between what pastors stated they perceived were the state overseers' expectations and the state overseers' stated expectations. Implications and conclusions were discussed and suggestions for further research were presented. ^

Subject Area

Religion, Clergy

Recommended Citation

John R McClure, "Realities and expectations: Roles of the Pentecostal pastor" (1988). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9017211.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI9017211

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