Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Steve Lowe


Discipleship, Evangelism, Membership, Church Growth


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


This ministry thesis project will use qualitative research to address Wesleyan Transformational Leadership and how to apply the principles to equip churches to make disciples for Jesus Christ. The principles addressed within the project are defined by the acronym L.E.A.D: L-Love, E-Educate, A-Adapt and D-Duplicate. In today’s politically correct culture, the persecution of the Christian worldview occurs in communities, politics, and the church. Transformational leadership introduces biblical principles in conjunction with time-tested leadership principles to promote and strengthen individual and corporate growth. Individual and corporate growth transforms lives of individuals as relationships and stories are shared. As transformation takes place, the individual’s spirituality strengthens, lives are changed, and disciples are made. This project consists of a qualitative examination of leadership traits and qualities designed to promote growth. The Holy Scriptures will corroborate the leadership traits identified. This project will create a duplicatable plan that can be implemented by small membership church pastors.