Clergy--Performance standards

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.

The Whole Servant Leader: Leading from the Inside Out

Author
Jewel D Williams
Abstract
This project addressed the need to understand what internal attributes are necessary for the servant leader to exhibit Patterson's seven virtues successfully. The examination of the lives of pastors, leaders, and lay leaders defined as servant leaders based on Patterson's doctoral work, helped in the development of an attribute-driven virtue-focused servant leadership development model. The findings revealed that the necessary steps to the development of the attributes within the leader were: a dependency upon God, having mentors or coaches, building self-awareness and self-development, creating the right environment, and teaching the leader about service.

A Pentecostal Ethic: A Discovery of Church of God Clergy Compliance of the Practical Commitments

Author
Larry E Sterling
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the extent leaders of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) have drifted toward antinomianism. The design of this project was to employ an online survey that utilized a seven point Likert Agreement scale to determine the spiritual condition of the surveyed. The result of the discovery was that the Church of God clergy have an overall compliance factor of 6.03 in their general adherence to the Practical Commitments. The strongest compliance score was 6.34 in regards to the category of Social Obligation, and 5.57 being the weakest in reference to Spiritual Example.

Three convergent approaches to a harmonious pastoral leadership

Author
Hong Fu Liu
Abstract
This research centers on the "three convergent approaches to a harmonious pastoral leadership." When a discrepancy exists between the expectation and understanding of the congregation and her pastor with regard to pastoral leadership ability, disequilibrium and strife will develop friction and tension within the church. This research involves governing principles from psychology, management, pastoral leadership, especially in theocracy study. The result is an accurate, scripture-concordant acknowledgement of the pastoral leadership, which will lead to an effective leadership and a harmonious environment within the church.

Developing best practices for itinerant ministry through interviews with experienced itinerant ministers using self-evaluation in a cross-cultural context

Author
Yajaira A Gomez
Abstract
This thesis reports on the derivation of best practices for my itinerant cross-cultural ministry. The purpose was to improve my cross-cultural itinerant ministry in the three areas of preparing for, administering, and sustaining an itinerant ministry. Using action research, data was collected from interviews with twelve experienced itinerant ministers and mined to derive their best practices. As the research subject, I then applied these identified practices to my itinerant ministry. Using the methods of autoethnography in comparing a pre, mid and post-project qualitative evaluation of myself, the researcher, the outcomes included improvements to my ministry in three areas: preparation, administration, and health.

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.

The fruit of humility and how pride spoils it

Author
Brian K Long
Abstract
This thesis proposed humility to be a foundational virtue capable of enhancing leadership effectiveness. The project studied the effect that a Christian humility cultivation experience might have on leaders' understanding and awareness of the amount of prideful attitudes they exhibit, versus their understanding of humility and the amount of humble attitudes they exhibit. Qualitative feedback gained during the humility cultivation experience, along with self-assessment data, formed a solid basis for evaluating the project's effectiveness. Taken together, results indicate participants clearly experienced heightened awareness of the poisonous effects of pride, arousing their desire to reduce pride by cultivating humility.

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.

Preaching in pain: how chronic illness impacts the preacher's ministry

Author
Timothy K Beavis
Abstract
Chronic pain impacts the life and ministry of countless preachers. By studying the contemporary and historical literature on the subject, examining the Scriptures, including Paul's thorn in the flesh, and conducting interviews with seasoned preachers who themselves battle chronic pain, the author identifies some common challenges and unique opportunities that those who preach in pain face as they seek to minister effectively. The preacher's call, his character and his task in ministry are discussed, concluding that when rightly understood, chronic pain is itself a gracious gift of God that He uses to form the preacher, and through the preacher, others.

Desarrollando un código de ética ministerial para la Iglesia Presbiteriana Cumberland: un estudio de caso en el estado de Tennessee

Author
Milton L Ortiz
Abstract
Este estudio de caso de los ministros presbiterianos Cumberland del estado de Tennessee se basó en tres preguntas: Necesita la denominación un código escrito de ótica ministerial, y si es así, qué tópicos deben incluirse, y qué formato debe tener. También se les preguntó sobre las prácticas de la ética ministerial. El 72% de los respondientes están de acuerdo en un código escrito para la denominación, sin embargo la mayoría de los respondientes al cuestionario y do los participantes en los grupos de enfoque mostraron preocupación por el peso legal y eclesial que puede tener un código escrito.
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