Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)


Gary Bredfeldt


Transformational Leadership, Transformational Change, Single Mothers


Christianity | Leadership Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the transformational change process of single mothers from their perspective, and to then assess the influence of Christian leaders in this transformational change process from the leaders’ perspective, with respect to the single mother’s family stability: spiritually, emotionally, financially and generationally. The two theories working simultaneously in this study was the transformational leadership theory and transformational learning theory. The implementation of these two theories could spark an authentic life-long change in the single mother. Understanding the role of transformational leadership in Christian leaders then becomes necessary to guide single mothers towards spiritual formation and family stability, breaking the generational pattern and ultimately becoming who God intends her to be “in His image”. Through interviews and surveys of Christian leaders, who then identified potential participants for the sample group of single mothers, the perceptions of both groups were compared to determine the effectiveness of transformational change. By reviewing the responses, perceived barriers surfaced as possible hindrances to a transformational change, as well as perceived indicators which could be used as a future predictor of transformational change that is generational.