Posture in Relation to God and Ethnic Background: A Qualitative Analysis of Urban Youth Ministry Workers' Responses to Crisis

Volume
Volume 45
Issue
Summer 2017
Title
Posture in Relation to God and Ethnic Background: A Qualitative Analysis of Urban Youth Ministry Workers' Responses to Crisis
Abstract

The relationship between humans and God has been one of great interest to scholars throughout the ages (Snow, Mc-Minn, Bufford, & Brenlinger, 2011). This study analyzed urban youth ministry workers’ experiences of crisis and the impact of these experiences on their relationships with God. Participants were interviewed, and interview transcriptions were coded using the Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) method. Two major categories emerged to describe participants’ posture in relation to God: “posture toward God” and “posture away from God.” Additionally, ten subcategories emerged. Issues related to theodicy and feelings of distance from God were explored, along with experiences of trust and intimacy with God. Sub-categories were further analyzed for distinctions correlated with participants’ ethnic background. Results suggested that the postures of anger, confusion and tension were noteworthy, as ethnic group differences in report of these experiences were apparent. Recommendations for further research and implications for clinical practice were offered.

Authors
Dr. C.J. Fort, Dr. C.B. Ericksson, Dr. A.Y. Gottuso and Dr. A.M. Wilkins
Pages
119 - 132
Price
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