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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Mollie M.
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-24T16:08:29Z
dc.date.available2020-04-24T16:08:29Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://dspace.sewanee.edu/handle/11005/21727
dc.description.abstractUltimately, we as the church, and as a clergy of the church, hope to expand the Kingdom of God. One way to do so is to involve more people, more deeply in their church community. It is reasonable to think that if the people are more faithful in their Sunday attendance at church that they will be likely to participate more fully in the programs of the parish. Increased involvement in programs such as outreach and educational formation will in turn help them to deepen their relationship with God, and the Body of Christ. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect serving at the Eucharist has on lay leaders. Assuming it is a positive effect, how is lay leader service encouraged and/or supported at the parish level. The study first used a short on line survey of lay leaders and then structured interviews of six Episcopal Church rectors. The survey results support the hypothesis that serving at the Eucharist enhances the worship experience for lay leaders. However, the interviews demonstrated that there are very few routine, purposeful efforts on the part of clergy to encourage this type of lay leadership and very little in the way of feedback loops to assess the experience. Though additional research should be done, it seems clear that Episcopal clergy should be intentional in encouraging lay participation in leadership positions.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Reverend Canon James F. Turrell, Ph.D.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Southen_US
dc.subjectSchool of Theology Thesis 2020en_US
dc.subjectChurch involvementen_US
dc.subjectImportance of church involvementen_US
dc.subjectEffect of serving as lay leaderen_US
dc.subjectEnhanced worship experienceen_US
dc.subjectLay participationen_US
dc.titleServing at the Eucharist, the Effect on Lay Leadersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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