Author(s)

Fred HillFollow

Date

4-2017

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Keywords

Leadership, Ministry, Proactive, Transition

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

The development of leaders for future ministry and equipping them to lead and mentor the next generation of leaders effectively must be an absolute necessity for continued church success. Leaders should endeavor to actively discern gifts and talents early in potential leaders. Once recognized, it is the leader’s responsibility to develop and prepare others for leadership transitions. Previous research has shown that churches have a leadership vacuum because of the lack of leadership development and transition utilizing a proactive approach. There is a trust factor created between the present and future leadership secondary to proper training and unwillingness to relinquish control by the present-day leaders. This research will be beneficial to church leaders as they learn how to develop the trust needed to begin the transition process. This will be accomplished through scholarly research and the development of a survey that explores the positive outcomes of a proactive approach.