Motivation: Its Theory and Practice for Church Leaders

From: Volume II, Issue 1: Fall 1981 Pages 23-27


Ask church leaders about their biggest problems and you will often hear, "I can't seem to motivate the people." Motivation is a significant problem--not the lack of it, but its direction. This study briefly considers motivational psychology, using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory. Next, principles of motivation, taken mostly from management literature, are considered. This leads naturally into the heart of the matter--practical suggestions for enlistment and quality maintenance. The value of this section is not comprehensiveness nor originality, but the correlation with motivational psychology. Good suggestions are rooted in good psychology.



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