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|Title:||An Emerging Leadership Paradigm: Rediscovering Truth or Adapting to Change|
|Advisor:||Morgan, Kenneth R.|
|Abstract:||<p>This thesis considers the probable shift occurring in the preferred leadership paradigm of the church, from a transactional to a transformational leadership paradigm. It compares the church's leadership paradigm with business and educational models. The thesis also examines church leadership from a variety of perspectives: theological, historical, cultural, theoretical and practical.</p> <p>The field research for the thesis was obtained from members of two congregations affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. With the assistance of denominational leaders, the churches were chosen based on their pastors' leadership styles; one being transformational and the other transactional. In-depth interviews were held at each of the locations. Interviewees were questioned regarding their preferred leadership style and also regarding what forces have impacted their preference. This information was then compared with the literature that was researched.</p> <p>The conclusion presents a challenge to those in pastoral leadership. First, there is a need to be aware of the probable current shift. Second, there is a need to become more aware of the influence that Canadian culture is having on the church. Third, there is a need to understand and develop skills in order to be able to work within the transformational leadership paradigm. Fourth, there is a continual need for church leaders to develop their gift of leadership. This thesis was written in part, to assist church leaders in doing just that.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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