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Walker, Albert, 1920-

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

Legacy Department

Department of Journalism


Women--Religious life


This research project answered the question, "What kind of Bible studies do Navigator women want to help them in ministry?" These women were members of The Navigators, a worldwide, evangelical missions organization. Their opinions, combined with other research results, helped develop women's Bible studies to be published by NavPress, the publishing division of The Navigators. To answer and expand upon this question, a telephone survey was chosen as the most effective method for gathering information. A sample of 50 women was selected from the total population of Navigator staff women in the United States. Thirty-six percent of the sample was selected on the basis of ministry experience. The other 64% was systematically selected by constant interval sampling of a total population roster. The sample closely resembled the total population in known characteristics. The 50 women responded to a questionnaire of 18 closed- and open-ended questions. The questions explored the staff women's ministry involvement; use and opinions of NavPress study materials; and preferences in content, format, audiences and teaching methods for new women's Bible studies. The women's responses were manually compiled and then analyzed according to these demographic groups: age, marital status, Navigator division (region), number of years as Navigator staff. The women were not as loyal to NavPress Bible studies as expected, and expressed a desire for more varied, relevant and audience-targeted women's Bible studies from NavPress. It was recommended that the results of the survey, combined with the two other research projects, form the framework for developing new women's Bible studies from NavPress.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [90]-91)


vii, 155 pages




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