Project Documents

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Stanley E. Patterson

Second Advisor

Simbarashe Musvosvi

Third Advisor

David Penno

Abstract

Problem

There has been no consistent and effective way of evaluating the performance of pastors in the East Zimbabwe Conference. In most cases the evaluating is only done for the purpose of identifying ordination candidates and is based only on quantifiable goals that include baptisms, tithe returns, and submission of reports. Due to the rapid growth of the church in terms of personnel, number of churches and membership, and the vast geographical territory, the need for an evaluation instrument is critical.

Method

The study was descriptive and designed around research questions that helped determine the job description of the pastor. Surveys, interviews and discussions were used in data collected from members, pastors, current and former administrators. Literature read was helpful in authenticating the practice, while the biblical perspective stimulated learning as it interfaced with secular theories of leadership and management.

Results

Key focus areas that reflect job description (competencies) of pastors were identified. An evaluation instrument relevant to the East Zimbabwe Conference was developed and pretested, and made ready for application.

Conclusions

A generative evaluation process is necessary and helpful to the professional development of the leadership and management skills of the pastor. The process benefits the individual pastor as well as the congregation, as they mutually centre on mission goals and objectives that are met through competent leadership.

Subject Area

Clergy--Rating of; Clergy--Zimbabwe; Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy; East Zimbabwe Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/520

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