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Doctoral Project Abstract

Leading Congregational Transformation: Five Transformative Leadership Behaviors for Pastors

Kenton Slabaugh

"Leading Congregational Transformation: Five Transformative Leadership Behaviors for Pastors" details five leadership behaviors pastors and church leaders can employ in leading their congregations into becoming the expressions of the body of Christ, God intends for them to be. Based on research including transformational, authentic, and servant leadership studies as well as organizational leadership research by Jim Collins, Thom Rainer and James Kouzes & Barry Posner; this book synthesizes these streams, and applies them to congregational leadership and organizational development.

The five transformative leadership behaviors comprise a collection of leadership practices leaders can use to initiate congregational change and transformation. These include championing a vision, which involves leadership passion and authenticity for the vision as well as the need to inspire others to share in its realization. Presenting a compelling cause, which includes discovering one's passion as a leader and the motivation to make a difference in the lives of others. Modeling a guiding set of values, which entails helping leaders define their values and how these values can be established as core values that guide congregational life. Embracing organizational creativity, which includes becoming proactive as an innovative leader and encouraging the creativity of congregants in the fulfillment of the shared vision. Enhancing the lives of participants, which highlight the importance of investing in the lives of congregational participants, ways this can be accomplished, and the importance of encouragement.

These five transformative behaviors can serve as a game plan for the personal leadership development of pastoral leaders and can function to mobilize a congregation towards greater ministry effectiveness. Because transformation involves change, leading congregational change initiatives and well as leading congregational transformation is discussed. This includes answering the questions: what needs to change, why and how will these changes be made, who will be affected, how will resistance to the changes be handled, and what are the anticipated outcomes to be realized? As change is achieved, congregational culture is shaped and group transformation is realized. Congregational transformation is the responsibility of pastoral leaders and this book resources church leadership in achieving this goal.

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