Research in the social sciences is experiencing a paradigm shift from a positivist to a post-positivist world view. This article examines this shift and discusses the application of post-positivism to the church. An emphasis is placed upon the value of reflection and knowledge-in-action as a legitimate methodology and source of research.
Leadership development is a continual concern of the church. This article develops a model based upon the author's experience, the Scriptures, and secular adult education literature. The author advocates developing leaders within a local church's context through a process negotiated (transacted) between the learners and the developer.