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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)




Erica D. Gamble


Ministers need a strategy for applying for the millions of dollars in grants available to churches for programs that will benefit communities. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the strategies that Christian ministers use to obtain and manage government and foundation grants. The conceptual frameworks were an emergent strategy and the ladder of accountability. Data were gathered from semistructured interviews with 4 Christian ministers in New York State and reviews of sample monthly and quarterly grant accountability reports. Selective coding was the data analysis process. The 3 major themes that emerged from the data analysis were program development strategy, budget review as a strategy, and performance reporting for accountability. Program development strategy emerged as a strategy for the ministers as they sought to determine a demographic to serve via a program activity to obtain grants. Budget review as a strategy emerged as the ministers used their budgets to determine the amount of the grants they needed to support their congregations and to select a grant opportunity based on program viability. Performance reporting for accountability was achieved by using a quarterly reporting form provided by the funder. As more community-focused activities and positive relationships increase within the community, ministers can focus on skills, programs, and strategies. As ministers implement programs that enrich the congregation and the local community, lives are changed, creating positive social change.

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