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Title "Now I Turn the Remainder of the Service into the Hands of the Pulpit": Leadership in an African American Church
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department Anthropology
Degree Level thesis
University/Publisher Georgia State University
Abstract The research study examines the influence of an African American religious preacher in organizing his congregation into a socioeconomic community. The research question is as fol-lows: How does the leadership performance influence (a) the social interaction of his congrega-tion, (b) the mobilization of congregates into members of a social group, and (c) the development of his congregation into an economic system? This study examines the Pastor, his role, influence, and management of power. Weber argued that there are three pure types of authority: rational, traditional, and charismatic. For an African American religious preacher, the authority would be considered to be charismatic. However, this study discovered that the Pastor of Washington Missionary Baptist Church, the field site for this ethnography, encompasses characteristics of each from of authority. Such characteristics are necessary in order to successfully manage a nonprofit organization, which requires a decentralization of power and shared leadership.
Subjects/Keywords African American church; nonprofit organization; leadership; Religion; Anthropology
Contributors Kathryn A. Kozaitis - Committee Chair; Emanuela Guano - Committee Member; Jennifer Patico - Committee Member
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:scholarworks.gsu.edu:anthro_theses-1036
Repository georgia-state
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-01-11
Created Date 2010-04-23 07:00:00

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…INTRODUCTION Growing up in an African American family and predominantly Black community, I was taught that the local and familial Black Church provides the guidance that we needed to carry out our life as Christians. The preacher would teach about how we…

…religious practice transforms the organizational space to a place of personal and social expressions (Ammerman 1997). My research examines an African American religious organization (church), its services, the sacred and secular practices…

…role, and the views of humans as object and subject. This ethnography provides a detailed understanding of the African American Church as an organization and as a community of congregants; it included having direct contact with the members and being a…

…Board. My study is centered on one African American Church in Decatur, Georgia. The church will be given the pseudonym of Washington Missionary Baptist Church. During July 2009, I focused mainly on adapting to the church environment in order for the…

…While conducting research on the African American Church, I used content analyses both quantitatively and qualitatively. This study included listening to and viewing a random sample of audiotapes and videotapes of church services (Bible study…

…adjust my questions in accordance with the responses (O‚ÄüReilly 2005: 116). 3.5 Ethics Before conducting research in the African American Church, or in any field activity, it is important to consider the ethics that are involved in the study…

…congregation to become accepting of my presence. Additionally, my upbringing in a Missionary Baptist African American church allowed me to have some preliminary information about this church due to the similar traditions within the Missionary Baptist…

…s organization. 3.8 Conceptual Framework Before I began this study, I believed that the African American preacher had complete and total control over his congregation. Everything centered on the goals in which the pastor had set for the church