Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Rod Earls


Discipline, Leadership, Spiritual, Strength, Success, Weakness


Biblical Studies | Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


To deny that some leaders have problems, and others do not, is to deny Scripture, history, and experience. All leaders may not have as many problems as some, but all leaders do have problems. These problems are not always produced by the grass-roots membership. Leaders are often the cause of the very problems they see and deplore in the church. It is apparent that this is true when a leader has dishonored the moral standards or departed from sound doctrine. It is more often true when the leader has been indolent, failed to plan his work or work the plan, or when he has demonstrated obstinacy or an erroneous attitude. This is the reality; the job of a leader can be 24/7 and carries unique challenges. Some leaders wear themselves out trying to help people, and others affect their families as a result of their ministry. However, others flourish in their ministry and personal life as a result of a Godly, balanced life. Throughout history, many leaders have fallen prey to the mores of society, Satan, and the seductive sins that do so easily beset the man or woman of God. To that end, in the church and society there are many holdups where Satan seems to be wreaking havoc in the lives of the leader. Much can be said to benefit them in avoiding these hang-ups. This thesis project will assist the novice leader in using these elements to become more powerful, productive, and prosperous in his or her calling through a survey of leaders with at least three years’ experience, through applied research, and academic research.