Intergenerational Discipleship for Leadership Development: A Mixed-Methods Study
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ABSTRACT INTERGENERATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: A MIXED-METHODS STUDY Scott Michael Douglas, Ed.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013 Chair: Dr. Brian C. Richardson The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership development of Millennial associate pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention by exploring the discipling relationship the associate has with the lead pastor. A sequential, mixed-methods line of inquiry was used in this study. The quantitative part utilized an online survey for the lead pastor and associate pastor. The online survey contained demographic questions, a thirty-item questionnaire about the associate pastor's leadership development along the Five Exemplary Practices of Kouzes and Posner, and a fifty-item questionnaire on necessary pastoral competencies. Following the quantitative analysis, five interviews were conducted with churches that displayed a high level of perceived leadership development. A significant sample size was not reached in this study, with n = 99 participating church ministry teams in the study. Despite this, several conclusions were reached. Most notably, Millennial associate pastors and Generation-X lead pastors had a significant relationship with regard to the associate pastor's perceived leadership development, but that Millennial associate pastors and Baby Boomer lead pastors shared more in common in terms of necessary pastoral competencies. The follow-up interviews explored four lines of inquiry: the competency development of the associate pastor, the dynamics of the discipling relationship, the balance between personal and professional aspects, and the generational differences on the church staff. One interview that was conducted was an anomaly, but the other four interviews shared many similar qualities. The lead pastor and associate pastors shared a strong friendship, they were committed to not only ministry success but also to the pursuit of Christlikeness, there was an intentionality on the part of the lead pastor to allow the associate opportunities to serve outside their specific ministry area, and the informality of the relationship did not diminish the intentionality the lead pastor had for the growth of his associate pastor.