Transformational leadership in the church
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This project is designed to explore and develop a perspective on transformational leadership in the church. An interest in this subject emerged as a result of the author's professional development in industrial, educational, and ministerial settings.
Chapter 1 explores selected biblical passages from both the Old and New Testament and selected theological themes which relate to the subject of transformational leadership in the church. Saint Paul's writings are the primary material used for the motivation and purpose of leadership. The prophecy of Isaiah and passages from the gospels are discussed in the treatment of styles of leadership.
Chapter 2 is a report on selected literature dealing with transformational leadership. The scholarly contributions of James MacGregor Burns and Bernard M. Bass are given primary consideration. It is the conclusion of this chapter that the scholarship of James MacGregor Burns is compatible with building a biblical and theological foundation for transformational leadership in the church.
Chapter 3 describes the procedures used in the research part of this paper. The thesis tested in the research is that the core values of a transformational leader are different from the core values of other types of leaders and that in both cases those core values influence the style of leadership chosen. The core values of the independent variable group is compared to the core values of the control group. Only Christian Reformed Church ministers serving in parish settings were randomly selected and invited to participate in the research.
Chapter 4 summarizes the results of the research and provides interpretation of the data collected. Specific core values are identified, especially for transformational leaders, and those values are compared to the values reflected in the control group.
Chapter 5 integrates the learnings of the preceding chapters and proposes a strategy for transformational leadership in the church.