A study of senior pastor turnover and organizational performance in local churches

by Uhl, David A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 137 pages; 3408004


This dissertation explored senior level leadership turnover and its effect on organizational performance by examining the effect of senior pastor turnover on the organizational performance of churches. To inform this quantitative study, the effect on performance was analyzed within four key performance variables of churches in a predominantly mid-western Wesleyan denomination. The variables included morning worship attendance, professions of faith, offerings received, and denominational giving. Literature in the areas of organizational performance, turnover, and leadership literature was explored throughout this study and provided an important foundation for the project. The outcome of this study provides better understanding and guidance to church and denominational leaders with regard to the overall effect of senior pastor transition on the performance of a church. The outcome also allows for more informed decisions to be made by church and denominational leaders, both before and after turnover occurs in the church.

AdviserMarilyn E. Harris
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Clergy; Management; Organization theory
Publication Number3408004

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