Fred HillFollow




School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Charlie Davidson


Leadership, Ministry, Proactive, Transition


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


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.