School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Robert A Gowins, Russell D Barksdale
Administration, Church Leadership, God Image, Image of God pastor Trinity
History of Christianity | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Pope, Leslie, "The Image of Leadership: Man’s View of God as Reflected in His Leadership Style" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1162.
This thesis project will demonstrate the connection between a pastor’s practical perceived theology of the inner workings of the Trinity and his desired leadership style. Because “God’s people are stamped with the tag of ‘gods’,”1 they will seek to rule in a similar manner. These perceived relationships will drive the pastor toward a desired style of leadership. In turn, examining horizontal styles of leadership will reveal true vertical beliefs. These levels of leadership interaction will be researched through literature and interviews with eight church leaders. As the leader defines the leadership structures and recognizes hidden similarities and disparities between practical and theoretical theology, lasting modifications become possible at core levels of belief and leadership style. Trinitarian theology and leadership will be re-examined and refined, strengthening the divine-human relationship.