Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Valde, Kathleen S.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Communication

LCSH

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Northern Illinois Synod--Clergy|Lutheran Church--Clergy--Attitudes||Psychiatric social work

Abstract

This project examined pastors' roles as boundary spanners regarding information received from the synodical expression in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Twenty-six pastors from the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA were interviewed and transcriptions were analyzed using the constant comparative method of inductive analysis. Two research questions were posed to explore boundary spanning from a pastor's perspective. The results echoed the literature on boundary spanning responsibilities and challenges, expanding the boundary spanning research field into the realm of religious organizations and leadership. Implications of this research and further areas of study are provided.

Comments

Advisors: Kathleen Valde.||Committee members: Joseph Scudder; Kerith Woodyard.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

vii, 112 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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