Presenter Status

Director, Institute of Church Ministry

Second Presenter Status

GA for ICM, PhD student

Preferred Session

Oral Session

Location

Buller Hall 149

Start Date

3-11-2017 3:15 PM

End Date

3-11-2017 3:30 PM

Presentation Abstract

This presentation highlights findings from a study exploring the congregational health and church growth of more than 9,000 congregations from various denominations across United States. These congregations have used a Natural Church Development (NCD) survey to obtain a health assessment over the period of last 10 years. Findings reveal a fascinating pattern of church growth and health that is related to leadership style of the pastor. The data show that the churches whose pastors say their style of leadership is "serving" are actually growing less and have lower health scores than those who do not list their leadership style as "serving." Serving as pastor’s style of leadership predicts smaller size of church attendance.

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Nov 3rd, 3:15 PM Nov 3rd, 3:30 PM

B-2 Serving Leadership Style Revisited

Buller Hall 149

This presentation highlights findings from a study exploring the congregational health and church growth of more than 9,000 congregations from various denominations across United States. These congregations have used a Natural Church Development (NCD) survey to obtain a health assessment over the period of last 10 years. Findings reveal a fascinating pattern of church growth and health that is related to leadership style of the pastor. The data show that the churches whose pastors say their style of leadership is "serving" are actually growing less and have lower health scores than those who do not list their leadership style as "serving." Serving as pastor’s style of leadership predicts smaller size of church attendance.