Parish Ministry and Leadership How prepared are Church of Scotland Parish Ministers for the leadership role that the General Assembly expects them to play?
Neil J Dougall
At the heart of the research was an on-line survey of all Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) Parish Ministers, which produced statistically significant data. 96% of ministers said that offering leadership was a significant aspect of their ministry, a much higher figure than the author anticipated. 60% had experienced 'toxic' leadership, which helps explain some of the ambivalence around leadership in the church. The author concludes that the conversation should not simply be about leadership but about the kind of leadership the church needs, and suggests that it should be servant-like, adaptive, collaborative, facilitative and enabling.