James L Renke
This thesis contends that preaching can be an effective tool for bringing about corporate change in the local church context. The study first lays a biblical and theological framework for pastoral leadership, the primacy of preaching and the corporate nature of the local church. It then reviews literature on leadership, communication and change. Through pastoral interviews and evaluations of a sermon series, it explores the role of preaching in initiating and maintaining positive change. It also seeks to place preaching in the context of other leading activities, such as one-on-one leadership, board leadership, planning and initiating ministries. The study concludes with guidelines for effective leading through preaching as well as suggestions for further study.