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A STRATEGIC AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO EVALUATING AND ENHANCING CHURCH STAFF PERFORMANCE

Author
Steven Bray D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry project was to create an annual staff development plan for Fountain City Wesleyan Church which focused on both improving effectiveness in performance and encouraging personal, professional and spiritual development. Fountain City Wesleyan is a church of 1000 with nine full-time pastors and ministry directors. The project highlighted the powerful impact of combining goal setting, coaching, and evaluation to develop team members. In addition, the project concluded that high performance expectations can be countered by high care for team members.

This project conducted two case studies of similar churches to Fountain City Wesleyan Church. The project explored the biblical and theological basis for staff development including the identification of twelve biblical principles. The literature review analyzed three components of the annual development plan: crafting an action plan utilizing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Relevant and Timed) goals and strategies; regular coaching sessions; and an annual review process to provide additional performance conversation and formal documentation of employee performance.

This plan included a guide to create an action plan each trimester, the implementation schedule for the plan, a model for coaching staff (Connect, Opportunity, Alternatives, Course, Highlights), an annual self-review and performance review. Additionally, supplemental avenues to promote self-care among staff were identified. The final plan, tips and tools for coaching, tools for diagnosing development needs, and the research protocol are noted in the appendices.

Andragogy and the Most Effective Means of Forming Permanent Deacons in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Twenty-First Century in the United States

Author
Victor E Puscas Jr. M.A.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores the most effective means of forming men for the permanent diaconate in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States for the twenty-first century. It specifically addresses adult learning paradigms known as “andragogy” as opposed to the more familiar pediatric learning paradigms known as “pedagogy.” The principles of andragogy are then applied to permanent diaconate formation models in an effort to develop the most effective means. Factored in to the development of these means are the qualitative and quantitative data collected from deacons around the country and in particular, the deacons and their wives from the Diocese of Joliet (Illinois).

Pope Francis' Preaching A Model for Parish Preachers

Author
Joseph O Oganda
Abstract
Improving the quality of preaching in the Catholic Church has been ongoing since the beginning of the Church. In recent times, the faithful have advocated for better communication of the Word of God from their priests.One pragmatic preacher in recent times is Pope Francis, who has emerged as one of the greatest preachers of the twenty-first century. There is debate about the influence his preaching model may have on the daily engagement of other priests with the faithful. This study seeks to answer this question: Can contemporary parish preachers adopt Pope Francis' preaching model to enhance their proclamation of the gospel? The hypothesis is that preachers can effectively adopt the preaching model of Pope Francis and, thereby, personally improve their preaching abilities.

Cultivating Emerging Leaders: Understanding a Pastor's Role

Author
Spencer A Clark
Abstract
This study explored the influence a local church pastor has in developing an emerging leader. The researcher reviewed biblical model of the leader/follower relationship or Moses/Joshua, Elijah/Elisha, and Jesus/the disciples. A literature review of transformational leadership and follower-focused leadership models was completed. Servant leadership, situation leadership, and redemptive leadership were examined. Followership was included to understand the emerging leader's responsibility. Three developmental timelines were considered as well. The study resulted a framework for pastors to consider in developing emerging leaders. Emerging leader development involves four areas: spiritual, personal, leadership, and ministry skills. The shared responsibility is defined in this project.

Equipping selected members of Samter Mission Church, Suwanee, Georgia, in short-term Mission Competences.

Author
Sung Jin Son
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to train in order to participate in the international short-term mission of local church, a group of selected members from Samter Mission Church, Suwanee, Georgia. In this report, believers selected small church were studied useful resources be trained to be able to short-term missions. And to develop a training manual, have written each course to implement the training. Also, recorded for the ministers and professional evaluation and influence on this training.

The effectiveness of a collaborative leadership style for lead associate pastors during the transition of the lead pastors a focus on the process of vision development

Author
Mi Hyeon Lee
Abstract
The Collaborative Leadership project testifies to the effectiveness of collaborative leadership during the transition of a new lead pastor. The project reflected the role of lead associate pastor during the transition time and involves lay people, lay leaders, and staff who participated in vision development meetings and listed to a sermon series on the church's need for a new vision. Measurement of the effectiveness of collaborative leadership involves pre- and post-strategy implementation surveys and semi-structured interviews. The research demonstrates that the collaborative leadership style helps the congregation develop ownership of the vision in the transition time and provides possibility to reach young adults in a multi-generational church.

Licensed local pastors: values, attitudes, and attributes of effective leadership

Author
Brian C Oglesbee
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to create a resource that enables administrative in East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church to make effective appointments of licensed local pastors to the their pastoral charges based on discoverable values, attitudes, and attributes. Primarily, respondents found the resource to be understandable because of its concise directions, clearly written items, and understandable vocabulary. Secondarily, respondents agreed that the resource reflected biblical values, revealed biblical leadership principles, and was biblically based. Lastly, the resource disclosed appropriate personal, relational, and professional characteristics about the licensed local pastor.

Exploring the change of pastors' leadership style and church members' behaviors

Author
Seungmoo Yi
Abstract
The purpose was to investigate whether a change of leadership style influenced behavioral changes in congregational members. Using style approach on leadership, the study evaluated how a change of a pastor's leadership in EunHyun church affected members' behavioral change. To test the research question, the study identified and assessed the previous and current pastors' leadership style. Subsequently, members were administered a survey in which three main variables were explored. The current pastor had a more relationship-focusing leadership than the previous pastor. The t-test results suggested that members of the church showed significant differences for awareness of God and impression management.

Pastoral authority in the pose-succession environment of congregational churches

Author
Craig A Polach
Abstract
The dynamic of authority that lies between the pastor and congregation relationship in something that will need to be discussed, negotiated, and will evolve over time. The significant time period for the establishment of this relationship, is during the first two years of a pastor's new charge. As church and pastor get to know each, the pastor will need to discover the limits of his authority and establish the most effective means of influencing the church towards a common goal. This study explores the pastor's beliefs, experiences and issues in this unique and non-repeatable time in church.

A circle of friends: a program of continuing education for pastoral leaders using a small group learning community approach for education and mutual support

Author
John E Hill
Abstract
This project is designed to provide a program of continuing education among Original Free Will Baptist pastoral leaders based on a small group learning community model. Models similar to those used in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and some Doctor of Ministry programs influence this approach. This program utilizes learning contracts, textbooks, presentations, and interpersonal relationship within a Bowen's Family Systems Theory framework. Results from this program proved this approach also met social and emotional needs of pastoral leaders by also serving as a support group.
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