Memorial University of NL

Project Description


Personal Interest – First of all, I am a pastor. During my 13 years of experience, I have recognized some of the skills that are necessary for effective leadership in the church. Second, I have just completed the course, Developing Management Skills. It is my opinion that a similar course for undergraduate ministerial candidates would benefit from such a course.

Constituency – Currently in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador, there are approximately 200 active pastors. In our training college, located in Toronto, ON, there are approximately 500 students from Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Leadership is a key component for any local church pastor. She/He is called upon to exercise administrative, managerial and leadership roles throughout their tenure. In fact, the skills required to lead any organization are quite similar.

Pastors are developing skills from a variety of sources – undergraduate program; personal reading and study; and seminars. While some leadership skills are addressed in a typical training program for pastors, there is currently no single course that adequately covers the subject for ministerial training in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland.

The target for the outcomes will be primarily ministerial candidates preparing for pastoral work. Second, research produced can be used to customize future professional development within the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador. Third, in general, a skills course will aid in the work I do with student leaders at Memorial University.

Project Abstract

Leadership is needed everywhere. John Maxwell stated, “Everything rises and fall on leadership.” I have chosen to use the term leadership skills versus management skills to make the concept more palatable for ministerial candidates and current pastors. Management may communicate a prejudice against the secular. However, my use of the leadership skills in mind is very similar to management skills.

Pastors are called upon to give leadership throughout their churches. Anytime you give leadership, you are bound to run into defficiences and challenges. I will look at the main skills needed for pastors, what are the skills challenges facing current pastors and develop a course of action to aid pastors and denominational leaders to rectify problem areas.

Surveys released for this project:
Pastoral Skills Survey 78
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