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Case Studies of Multiple Executive Staff Leadership in the Local Church

Author
Matthew Clifton Gillum D.Min.
Abstract
As the local church grows bigger, the need also arises to manage that growth
well. At the executive level of leadership in the church, the question of excellence in
leadership must be addressed. Some churches have chosen to pursue that excellence via
the means of multiple executive staff leadership in the church. This function looks like
multiple staff members who wield executive leadership ability with a direct report to the
Senior Pastor.

This dissertation examines cases of churches that utilize this structure of
multiple executive staff members. Multiple executive leadership in the local church can
be effective when these following four factors are in place: a commitment to the church’s
vision and senior leadership, clearly defined roles in the ministry team, strategic hiring of
personnel, and flexibility of administration. These four factors were present in all of the
multiple executive staff teams interviewed. While the structure is not a one-size fits all
approach, it can be a helpful way of managing and continuing growth in the local church.

Rethinking leadership model of Protestant churches in Wenzhou (1867-2015)

Author
Shengli Pan
Abstract
The focus of this dissertation is the leadership model. From 1867 to 1952, missionaries provided leadership to Wenzhou churches in the form of pastoral leadership to individual congregations. By contrast, contemporary churches of Wenzhou have been adhering to a system of patriarchal administration over a number of congregations, including the assignment of volunteer lay-preachers who are not expected to carry out any pastoral duties. This model of church leadership is found to have many problems that hindered the development of churches. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore how to build up pastoral leadership in Wenzhou. The emphasis of pastoral leadership is for pastors to lead and nurture churches. Through their leadership, preaching, pastoral care, visitation, teaching, counseling, discipleship training, evangelism, etc., they enable their flocks to grow spiritually. Since churches in Wenzhou are unique in their geography and history, it is impracticable to import entirely western modes of pastoral leadership into Wenzhou. The author has to integrate these two so as to produce contextualized modes of pastoral leadership suitable for the future development of Wenzhou churches.

Designing a Leadership Development Strategy for Crossroads Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Author
Daniel E Caceres
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to design a leadership development strategy for Crossroads Church, Fort Worth, Texas.The project director utilized the strategy-planning model to complete the task. The project director aimed to explore the leadership development strategies of other churches across the United States in order to determine viable models. He examined existing, basic strategy planning processes in order to identify effective practices. Additionally, the director designed a strategy for Crossroads Church, Fort Worth, Texas, for the purpose of staff leadership development using a strategy planning team.

Conceptualizing and engaging with pastoral authority

Author
Scott R Maurer
Abstract
While secular academia has begun to explore followership, there is a dearth of research in the Christian world. In response, the researcher interviewed sixteen congregants and six pastors from churches in the Washington, DC area about how they conceptualize and engage with pastoral authority. The researcher analyzed the interviews using a modified grounded theory approach. Analysis suggested congregants have an overreliance on a pastor's personal authority and an underdeveloped conception of a pastor's role authority. Drawing on the field research, relevant literature, and the Hebrews 13:7 and 13:17 biblical texts, the researcher offers a practical theology of authority and submission.

Chaplain, pastor, leader: a biographical study of leadership transitions in the life of Chaplain (Colonel) James E. Wright

Author
Brian P Wright
Abstract
This project is a biographical study of the transition of (Colonel) Chaplain James E. Wright from military chaplain to pastoral leader in civilian service. It examined the correlation between the pastoral leadership demonstrated by Chaplain Wright and established leadership expressions and patterns. This examination involved the review of many personal documents, review of his military record and interviews conducted with individuals from congregations he served as a civilian pastor. The project concluded that the vision, discipline, and counseling that were developed by his time as a military chaplain were employed with great effectiveness in his civilian ministry.

Regimen in ministry

Author
Heui Chu Tang
Abstract
The author researched the principles for regimen in ministry, which include to obey the teachings of the Lord, to keep the Sabbath for rest, to appreciate the land prepared by the Lord for worship and service, to fear the Lord in living wisely and other ways to enjoy the wholistic health for humankind.

"Prophet, priest, or pastor: reflecting on the call to ordained ministry"

Author
Don C Simpson
Abstract
As an ordained minister, the pastor is "set apart." The role is commonly referred to as pastor, shepherd or teacher. Ordained ministry often comes at the cost of emotional and physical turmoil in the life of a pastor. This can result in ordained ministers questioning their abilities, their own personal success and even their call into ordained ministry. In this project seven ministers are interviewed. They reflect on their decisions to leave or remain in the role as an ordained minister. The methodology incorporates the use of ethnographic and auto-ethnographic input to reflect on their understanding of their call.

Nurturing leaders of Pilgrim Rest Church toward intentionally embracing the Pauline slave of Christ model in ministry

Author
Alvin Lloyd
Abstract
This project was designed to nurture within the minds of leaders of the Pilgrim Rest (PR) Church a biblical perspective of the Greek term doulos in relation to Christ. I proposed that doulos be translated slave based on the Pauline assessment and modeling of this biblical doctrine. Relevant data was gathered using a mixed-method approach to equip PR to parallel two motifs or models: slaves of Christ with slaves to sin who support the prosperity gospel heresy. The slave language was challenging as PR consists of offspring of American slaves. Yet PR leaders agreed to participate in this project to dispel misunderstanding and encourage an examination of biblical teaching on this avoided topic. Lessons learned included comprehending how everlasting freedom for all human slaves to sin is obtained only by willingly becoming Christ's slaves.

The role of the pastor in the process of developing ordained leadership

Author
James Daele Funyak
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to discover the role of the pastor in the process of developing ordained leadership in the church. The study followed a qualitative research method, utilizing semi-structured interviews with seven pastors, analyzed in a constant comparative method. The research explored volunteerism, leadership, and leadership development. This study concluded that pastors are uniquely engage in two aspects of the leadership development process: identifying and developing the role and function of the ordained leadership within their specific church and in identifying and developing individuals to fulfill the specific role and function of the ordained leadership within their church.

The implications of pastoral leadership for selected churches of Northumberland Presbytery

Author
James C King
Abstract
There is a great deal of talk about leadership. There is also a great need for pastoral leadership; this need seems to be increasing. This author, in an attempt to gain a better understanding of what is needed to lead the church within the presbytery he serves, set out to study the pastoral and leadership styles of five colleagues within the presbytery. This author solicited from each participant the biblical role models, the literature, and the people that have most greatly influenced them as a pastoral leader. The goal was to find some patterns and common experiences that lead to successful and lengthy pastorates in Presbyterian congregations in central Pennsylvania.
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