Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Donald Immel

Second Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Archer

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil


Alongside Pentecostalism’s continued growth in both adherents and influence, there has also been an effort amongst contemporary Pentecostal scholarship to crystalize the ways in which Pentecostal theology and tradition finds its expression in practical theology. At present, too little effort has been dedicated to clearly articulating a theological vision for the role of the pastor in a Pentecostal church in a way that aligns with the movement’s unique contours. The aim of this research was to discover the impact of a presentation of Pentecostal theology and tradition on the development of the pastoral identity and practice of Assemblies of God ministers in Ohio. The project gathered the perspectives of a group of Assemblies of God ministers who had previously participated in focus groups in November 2020. The 2020 focus groups were conducted to organically capture the implicit perspectives of the participants related to Pentecostal pastoral ministry. The 2023 research project utilized participants from the 2020 focus groups and included a presentation on Pentecostal theology and tradition, followed by a discussion session amongst the participants. In the discussion, the participants used the presentation materials as a constructive framework to define Pentecostal pastoral identity and practice. The results of the two studies were then compared to evaluate the impact of the presentation on the views of the participants related to Pentecostal pastoral theology.