Date of Award

5-1-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Interdenominational Theology Center (ITC)

Degree Name

D.Min.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to introduce servant leadership within the Fruitland /Allen Charge to encourage healthy leadership skills within the church. We worked on developing a leadership style, which included more people in making decisions, improving listening skills, working together as a better unit and empowering others to see their potential for being leaders. We started the process with ten members of the Bible study class. These ten people also took the Trinity Western University Servant Leadership Self-Assessment tool. Only three persons demonstrated the qualities of a servant leader, however, the others scored high on leadership, but just not servant leaders. The session began with reading and studying of Mark 8-10. We learned servant leadership is a mandate from God given to Jesus and taught to the disciples that they are first servants of God. We also did a Bible study on the book Spiritual Leadership Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders. We also learned to change the leadership style of pastor and membership will take time because servant leadership is a style of leadership developed over time and persons must make a conscious effort to change their leadership style.

This pastor received a new outlook on ministry and found new techniques were not the answer. This pastor needed more of an understanding of how small churches in rural areas work and the importance history of a church and members. Change is possible but it takes a lot of prayer and time. Our prayer warriors have become a significant importance within the church.

When this pastor heard the call into ministry, there were doubts about being a leader. God placed upon this pastor heart the spirit to be the best servant for God and everything else will work out. As this pastor labored for an idea for a dissertation once again God placed a desire to be the best servant you can be, so this pastor decided to Write on servant leadership.

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