Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)


Brian S. Pinzer


pastoral leadership, Bahamian, collaborative ministry, Pauline methodology, transformational leadership, team ministry


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to examine the nature of pastoral leadership teams in Bahamian churches. Three Bahamian pastoral leadership teams served as the sample frame for this research, with four research questions narrowing its scope to identifying collaborative and transformational behaviors and attributes. The study collected qualitative data regarding leaders’ character formation and the role of the Christian doctrine in shaping (pastoral) team dynamics, along with data regarding pastoral (team) leadership development and the usage of spiritual gifts. The data was then analyzed to determine if the leaders’ behaviors aligned with Cooper’s (2005) contextual and biblical transformational leadership theory. The findings confirmed varying degrees of leadership plurality, investments in leadership development (with emphasis on mentoring), and the historical practice of leadership appointments and execution of organizational objectives based upon spiritual gifts diversity. Additionally, the researcher identified an intentional, collaborative, and transformative outward focus directed at serving the Bahamian community.