Leadership Development and Clergy: Understanding the Events and Lessons that Shape Pastoral Leaders

Volume
Volume 35
Issue
Fall 2007
Title
Leadership Development and Clergy: Understanding the Events and Lessons that Shape Pastoral Leaders
Abstract

While much work has been done in understanding the developmental journey of leaders in secular organizations, there is limited empirical research investigating the key experiences in the pastoral leader'€™s journey and the associated lessons emerging from these events. One hundred pastors were interviewed about the key events in their development as leaders. Content analysis was used to develop detailed taxonomies of the key developmental events in their careers and of the lessons that emerged from each of these events. The results indicated that, consistent with past research on business leaders, the preponderance of developmental experiences occurred in-the-trenches (32%), during times of significant transition (27%), or in personal relationships (23%), indicating that pastors develop as they are doing their work and leading on the edge of their comfort zones. Results also indicated that events were tied to predictable sets of lessons. Implications for pastors, denominational leadership, and seminaries are discussed.

Authors
Dr. R.B. McKenna, Dr. P.R. Yost and T.N. Boyd
Pages
179 - 189
Price
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