Abstract Wallace - A Data Analysis of Church Leadership Styles in the Church of the Nazarene

A Data Analysis of Church Leadership Styles in the Church of the Nazarene

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TITLE A Data Analysis of Church Leadership Styles in the Church of the Nazarene
 
RESEARCHER G. Brent Wallace
Department of Communications
Abilene Christian University
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (New Orleans)
November 24, 2002

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this paper was to analyze the leadership styles among church leaders in the Church of the Nazarene.

METHODOLOGY
The Leadership Practices Inventory was sent to 90 church leaders throughout The Church of the Nazarene West Texas District and 40 were returned (44% response rate). In terms of length of service, five ministers had served from 1-4 years, nine had served for 5-9 years, three with 10-15 years of service and 23 with 16 years or more of service.

KEY FINDINGS
Contrary to expectations graduates from the two non-enhanced leadership curricula schools (N = 177) reported engaging more frequently in the leadership practices (overall) than did those from the leadership-enhanced curricula (N = 114). While the average score for participants from non-enhanced schools were higher on all five practices compared with those from enhanced-schools, the only statistically significant differences found were for Inspiring and Encouraging.

The author concludes that “the Leadership Practices Inventory is a good way of determining leadership issues both in the secular work environment and in the 'spiritual' arena as well.”

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