Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Michael Eiras


Leadership, Development, Pipeline, Staff Culture, Implementation, Discipleship


Leadership Studies | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


According to a recent article on “The Paradox of Leadership” from Harvard University, there are more than 15,000 books in print on the topic of leadership, and the number of works written about leadership in the past decade is greater than the total number of works ever written. So, if leadership is so highly valued in our culture today, then why is there a decline in leadership development in the church? Additionally, there are a growing number of churches that have detailed programs for leadership development; however, few churches are producing new leaders. Church at Viera in Viera, Florida, embraces the value of developing leaders and even has a formal execution plan in place, yet little leadership development occurs. For Church at Viera, a gap exists between the ideology of developing leaders and the implementation of leadership development. The formation of this gap is a result of a lacking church culture in which leadership development is elevated and a deficient system of purposeful processes by which active leadership development occurs. Utilizing twenty paid staff members, the mixed-methodology approach of both quantitative and qualitative research was applied to detect the gap between the ideology of Church at Viera’s commitment to leadership development and the implementation of the church’s leadership development procedure, Leadership Pipeline, to discover the contributing factors to the existence of the gap, and to determine the effectiveness of the church’s Leadership Pipeline process.