A study of the leader behaviors necessary to lead churches of different sizes: A quantitative study

by Holt, Stephen G., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 121 pages; 3513684


This quantitative study investigated the relationship between the senior pastor's leader behaviors and the size of the church, based on average weekly attendance. Using the DiSC assessment tool to measure the senior pastor's leader behaviors, scores were obtained for each of the four dimensions of DiSC: dominance, influence, steadfastness, and conscientiousness. The sample consisted of 30 senior pastors from the New England District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America, from a population of 64 churches geographically located in the six New England states and the northeast triangle of upstate New York. Using an analysis of variance to compare the means of the scores on the DiSC assessment grouped by church size, the results showed that there was a significant correlation (p < .05) between the DiSC score on dominance and church size. Further analysis revealed that this significant difference was between the small, medium, and large church size categories, and the corporate-sized church.

AdviserRubye Braye
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Clergy; Management
Publication Number3513684

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