David C. Meyers
Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Title: A Study of Emergent Leadership Factors in a Total
Van Cooley, Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Whitten
Dr. Wendy Wenner
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2001, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 3518
This study generalized emergent
leadership research to the unstudied population of Total Ministry parishes
in the Episcopal Church. The
research population was 75 small congregations who chose parish members
as their liturgical and pastoral leaders.
A survey was designed to distinguish more satisfied from less
satisfied parishes in areas of worship, climate, and pastoral care.Each
group was given a questionnaire with 29 emergent leadership factors.It
was hypothesized that more satisfied parishes would match the constructs
of emergent leadership to a higher degree.
A T-test was used to compare scores.
Results were very strong in pastoral care and climate, indicating
that emergent leadership principals can be generalized to the study
group in these areas. The area of worship was less closely aligned
with the hypotheses. Peculiarities
responsible for the discrepancy suggested that qualifications for a
priest of the church may not represent those of a typical emergent leader.
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