Organizational change

A Model for Transitioning Leadership in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God In Christ

Author
Nathaniel Alfonso Hall Jr.
Abstract
Oftentimes the mission, vision, purpose, and plan of God lives longer than an individual. To see it achieved, it must be effectively passed to the next generation. No generation stands independent of its predecessors or those that follow. In fact, generations overlay and overlap one another. Each is uniquely equipped with men and women created by God for that generation. Every single generation stands on the shoulders of those who went before them. People build on and must not destroy the foundation that is laid before them. Therefore, the church's success is determined by and dependent upon the successful transition of its leadership. This research will explore the good, the bad, and the indifferent regarding this subject matter and document best practices for a successful leadership transition.

Changing Church Culture among Church Leaders by Moving from Meetings to Mission

Author
Andrew J Kumpel D.Min.
Abstract
This study researched the effect of replacing church committee meetings with missional teaching and experiences of evangelism for church leaders on perceived current and preferred organizational culture. A three-moth moratorium of all official church meetings allowed the researcher to conduct five training sessions on evangelism. The researcher collected quantitative data from both control group participants and experimental group participants using a pretest and posttest model using the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument. Findings revealed some changes in perception of both current and preferred organizational culture among research participants. Change in organizations is pervasive because of the degree and rapidity of change in the external environment.

Building Community for the Renewal of Mission in Chicago's Catholic Parishes: The Wisdom of the Black Catholic Experience for Renew My Church

Author
Matthew Sean O'Donnell D.Min.
Abstract
Renew My Church is described as an innovative pastoral initiative in the Archdiocese of Chicago that identifies the three guiding imperatives of making disciples, building communities, and inspiring witness as essential to the renewal of pastoral life and ministry in the Archdiocese. Every parish in the Archdiocese will participate in this initiative. This thesis-project will critically engage the imperative to build community by looking at St. Katharine Drexel parish in Chicago, Illinois. This thesis-project will demonstrate how learning from the Black Catholic experience of building, strengthening, and sustaining community can contribute a spirituality and theological foundation for Renew My Church that is rooted in a communal worldview.

The church in transition: equipping congregational leaders for missional discernment

Author
Kevin M Starcher
Abstract
This project explores the hypothesis that a meaningful grounding in theological thought will yield richer and nuanced understanding of congregational growth in a transitioning Christian society. The project consisted of intentional education, research and analysis of the intersections of evangelism, Family Systems Theory, Reformed theology, cultural exegesis, and Christian missiology, and used these understandings to explore and analyze growing Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregations in the American West. The results of this qualitative research indicated that project participants valued the process and felt the project was helpful for a congregation experiencing numeric/cultural transition.

Developing a missional, evangelistic culture in the local church

Author
Donald R Kerns
Abstract
Congregational leaders took part in an intervention ("Salt, Light, and All the BELLS") to model, teach, and coach participants toward greater evangelistic commitment, knowledge, and practice. The intent was that changes in them will make Advent Presbyterian's church culture more evangelistic. Participants' relationship to evangelism, experience in the class, and efforts to witness were studied within a phenomenological framework, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative results were inconclusive, due primarily to the sample size. Qualitative content analysis of participant statements and actions, however, yielded positive results. Leaders experienced increasees in their skills, knowledge, confidence, and practice of evangelism.

To Dream Again: A New Dream of a New Community for New Times

Author
Marjorie E Nunes
Abstract
Summerfield United Methodist Church needed to change or continue to die a slow death. Their survival and growth depended on change. The challenge before me was this: how would I get the congregation to realize a) the need to change b) why they needed to change, and c) where that change may take them? I was convinced that our challenge at Summerfield was : "How do we dream again- how do we capture a new dream of a new community for new times?" This became the task and challenge of my project.

Effective long-range strategic planning in churches: mitigating crises, seizing opportunities, and cxecuting leadership transitions for God's glory

Author
William T York
Abstract
Business and nonprofit organizations have been concerned about strategic planning and leadership transition matters for several decades. The principles and practices involved in growing organizational health, staying true to an organization's founding charter, and executing seamless leadership transitions date back to the ministries of Jesus and Paul and are increasingly expressed by the best authors on leadership today. This dissertation aims to utilize biblical, historical, and cultural resources, as well as practical insights from a ministry model worked out with three churches, to help church leaders conduct effective long-range planning involving emergency, strategic, and leadership transition planning.

Traditional dynamics empowering transformational leaders: equipping, empowering and energizing others

Author
Richard C Flippin
Abstract
In responding to a sharp decline of membership in young adults between 18 and 39 years old, the decline was attributed to a conventional leadership framework. The writer will develop an effective leadership model that empowers young adults to assume leadership roles within a reasonable timeframe in comparison to the present paradigm. The research will address the overall history and social climate of the church as its relates to the current leadership model. The writer's purpose is to ensure perpetuity of the church by embracing relevant leadership structures to reflect a multi-generational membership, yet without compromising the church's traditional dynamics.

Developing transformational leaders with a redemptive framework at Faith Baptist Fellowship

Author
Gregory J Dirnberger
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that there is a developmental process by which transformational leaders can nurture and reproduce other transformational leaders. Further, there is a redemptive framework that can inform and shape this developmental process in such a way that lives are changed, transformational leaders can be multiplied, and an organization (a church congregation in this case) may be nurtured into vibrancy and health. It is the desire of this writer that this thesis-project may not only articulate a guiding philosophy of developmental process at Faith Baptist Fellowship, but also create an intentional plan and structure for reproducing transformational leaders who possess and can assert their leadership in light of the redemptive leadership framework. This project includes: 1) a description of the organizational context that gave rise to this writer's application of the aforementioned thesis, 2) relevant discussion of biblical and theological foundations that inform and support the thesis, 3) a survey of both spiritual and secular literature that interact with and apply the principles of transformational leadership, and 4) a description of a pilot program designed and implemented by this writer where the convictions of this thesis were applied, tested, and reflected on.

All we need is within us now: leading positive transformation in the church through our strengths

Author
Dustin D Petz
Abstract
The strengths and potential necessary for vitality and health of a congregation are intrinsic and available now. What a congregation needs to flourish and experience positive transformation is an appreciation of its God-given strengths, with intentional focus of leveraging those strengths toward a new destiny. The author studies panentheism as a theological foundation for appreciative inquiry, a strengths-focused organizational change model. He describes his journey of implementing this method and coaching his congregation toward what is possible. He also shares lessons learned along the way, most importantly that all a church needs to become its best is within it now.
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