Pastors' Leadership Styles

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Each congregational survey included what is called a “Pastor’s Form,” to be filled out by the senior pastor or, in the absence of a pastor, by the facilitator of the survey such as a member of the church leadership. The pastors are asked to self-identify their leadership style, answering the question, “My leadership style can be best described as . . .” Pastors were asked to self-identify their leadership style, without reference to a theoretical definition of each style. The most commonly identified styles were: team-oriented leadership (58%), relational leadership (53%), partnership leadership (49%), and people-oriented leadership (49%).

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Institute of Church Ministry/Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research Blog

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World Mission


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