Book Reviews / Journal of Empirical Th eology 20 (2007) 263-285 265 Carroll, J.W. (2006). God’s potters: pastoral leadership and the shaping of congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8028- 6320-5 God’s potters is an important study of pastoral leadership in the United States of America today. It has six main strengths — although inevitably some of these strengths also suggest a potential, opposite weakness. Th e ﬁrst strength is the skilful collection and organisation of both quantitative and qual- itative data. Th e quantitative study gathered data from 883 pastors in 45-minute inter- views. Th e qualitative study involved 23 focus groups at seven locations across the United States of America. Th roughout the book dialogue between these two kinds of data are put to good use in a way capable of engaging both the professional researcher and the informed practitioner. Th e inevitable weakness of the strategy is that it restricts the depth of the analysis of both types of data. Th e second strength is the sampling procedure. Studies of pastoral leadership are often conﬁned to one or more denominations that are able to provide a deﬁnitive list of minis- ters,
Journal of Empirical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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