Transformational leadership in the United Methodist Church: An empirical investigation of selected churches experiencing growth and decline in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky, district

by Adams, William L., Jr., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 88 pages; 3409309


The goal of this study was to uncover what components of transformational leadership were exhibited in both declining and growing churches, using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) assessment tool (Bass & Avolio, 2004). The study was designed to determine whether or not a relationship exists between church type and MLQ scores. It was hypothesized that a lack of transformational leadership in congregations within the United Methodist Church has the potential for hindering the functioning and growth of these churches, and that it could perhaps even lead to the decline of the church congregations. In order to investigate this relationship, the pastors and congregants of two growing churches and two declining churches were asked to complete the MLQ survey. The researcher found that there was a significant difference in both pastor and congregant MLQ scores between the declining and growing churches, with growing churches having significantly higher scores than declining churches.

AdviserThomas Driver
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Management
Publication Number3409309

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