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Title:Understanding the leadership development experiences of executive church denomination leaders: a phenomenological approach
Author(s):Sparkman, Torrence
Director of Research:Kuchinke, K. Peter
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kuchinke, K. Peter
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Korte, Russell F.; Zerai, Assata; Daniels III, David D.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Human Resource Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Executive leadership
Leadership development
Church Leadership
Abstract:The challenges faced by executive church leaders, and their denominations, requires knowledge which specifically supports their development as high level leaders. This study builds on “lessons of experience” research and explores the leadership development experiences of executive church denomination leaders. A phenomenological approach was used to capture the essence of the leadership development experiences of several bishops within a single African American denomination. Among this group of leaders, six major themes and their respective sub-themes emerged as important elements of their collective experience. These findings suggest that leadership development experiences for executive church leaders should include ministry venture creation, the use of relevant and real cases, and mentoring relationships.
Issue Date:2012-05-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Torrence Sparkman
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-05-22
Date Deposited:2012-05

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