Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Professional Studies

Document Type



The purpose of this study is to develop effective pastoral leadership competencies based on the transformational and servant leadership theories and the life of Jesus. Christ’s life and ministry in the four Gospels was evaluated using Dr. Bernard Bass’s transformational leadership theory and Larry C. Spears’ servant leadership theory. Five competencies were identified by the interviewer to be further investigated for their effectiveness in the application of pastoral leadership. An interview process was conducted with the local Southern Baptist pastors to discuss the effectiveness of the competencies in their ministries. The results of this research indicated the affirmation of the original five competencies as well as identified a sixth potential competency that are effective for pastoral leadership in a contemporary context.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

John Baker, Thomas Weakley, Chris Keller


Christianity | Leadership Studies