School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Treg Hopkins


Christian education, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, Christian schools, private schools, spirituality, regression


Education | Educational Leadership


The purpose of this non-experimental predictive-correlational study was to examine the relationship between job satisfaction and religiosity among teachers working in evangelical Christian schools. This study was grounded in two theories: Herzberg's two-factor theory of motivation and spiritual leadership theory. Herzberg's theory of motivation helps explain how teachers become satisfied or dissatisfied by distinguishing between motivational and hygiene factors. Spiritual leadership theory helps understand the importance of spirituality in the workplace and its relation to Christian religiosity in the workplace. This study is important because it added to the discussion about evangelical Christian schools that is very limited in the academic literature and may help school leaders understand how their teachers are affected by the relationship between religiosity and job satisfaction. This study used convenience sampling to select 85 (n= 85) participants from evangelical Christian schools. Participants received the short version of the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) to measure job satisfaction and the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) to measure participants' religiosity. With R = .132 and R2 = .948, the null hypothesis was not rejected, concluding no relationship and/or predictability between religiosity and job satisfaction among evangelical Christian school teachers.