Skilled and Satisfied: Research Findings Regarding Executive Pastors

From: Volume 6, Issue 2: Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry Pages 229-249


Three hundred one executive pastors from Baptist churches with a weekly Sunday school average of at least 1,000 people participated in a study designed to determine correlations between administrative and managerial competency and ministry satisfaction. Correlation testing revealed low, but positive, linear relationships between competency and satisfaction factors. Interpersonal skill and implementation and decision-making skill demonstrated highest statistical significance relative to satisfaction. Self-reported satisfaction levels were high. Age and years in ministry correlated strongest in relation to staffing and controlling competencies. Demographic data produced a representative executive pastor profile. This study extended the heretofore limited research knowledge base for the executive pastor role.



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