Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Dr. Barry Garst, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Gwynn Powell

Committee Member

Dr. Harrison Pinckney


The Arts, Recreation and Worship Conference is an experiential 6-day event focused on recreation, worship, community, creativity and the arts. It is designed for those who want to deepen their creativity, broaden their leadership skills and experience personal spiritual renewal. ARW is connected to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and welcomes pastors, educators, youth workers, church volunteers, camp and conference professionals, recreation workers of all denominations and anyone interested in the arts, recreation and worship to participate in the workshop ( Because limited information exists about the ways in which faith based youth leaders meet their professional development needs, and a limited body of research exists about core competencies that are impacted by faith based youth leaders professional development programs, the impact of professional development on the ways in which faith based youth leaders implement their programs, and the impact of professional development on faith based youth leaders job-related motivation, there is an opportunity to fill this gap by examining potential change in faith based youth leaders as a result of their participation in a professional development program. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to assess the immediate and long-term impacts that a 6-day professional development program has on a faith based youth leader's core competencies, the implementation of their programs and their motivation toward their job. Data collected as a result of this study will be shared with ARW board members in hopes of providing information to adapt conference programs to better serve faith based youth leaders' professional development needs.



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