Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Education and International Services


Leadership, MA

First Advisor

Eric Baumgartner

Second Advisor

Gustavo Gregorutti

Third Advisor

Reinder Bruismas



Statistics indicate the SDA church in the North England Conference (NEC) is having little effect on the population in the UK. This may be due to the fact that the leadership approach and the structure of the church have not changed despite globalisation, advances in technology, and increased migration. With the demands of operating within a secular, pluralistic society, the North England Conference faces a real challenge to maintain its integrity while being relevant. This study investigates the correlation between perceived servant leadership principles and organizational health by the leaders, pastoral workers, and members of the NEC.


The study employed a quantitative, nonexperimental, correlational design method, in which the correlational statistics between two or more variables is investigated. The OLA survey designed by Laub (1999) was the chosen instrument. It uses six servant leadership dimensions to determine the perceptions of respondents of the presence of servant leadership principles within the NEC and its organizational health.


The results indicate that the perception of organizational health within the NEC by all the respondents was limited. When each of the servant leadership principles was examined, Building Community was ranked the highest, which implied respondents recognized the value of strong relationships and communities. However, the results reveal that the conference is suffering from a series of problems preventing it from realizing its full potential as an organization.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Great Britain; North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. North American Division. Trans-European Division. British Union Conference. North England Conference; Servant leadership--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists; Organizational behavior--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists