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The goal of this project was to design a training manual for the purpose of equipping leaders of the local church to move from upholding the status quo to leading transformational change. The project was grounded in a theology of transformation and the principle that personal renewal of leaders precedes corporate renewal of churches. The thesis was tested at Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Through an examination of Scripture and the Reformed tradition, this paper develops a theology of change. This study also explores eight principles of leading change as identified by Harvard Business professor John Kotter, asserting that these principles can be seen throughout the biblical narrative. To test this hypothesis, a series of stories from the Old and New Testaments were presented to four groups of leaders and church members over a six-week period. Principles of leading change from Kotter’s book were studied alongside these stories. Participants explored connections between the biblical narrative, principles of leading change, and their own ministry context at Summit.

This study concludes that the study of change events in Scripture and the principles of leading change increased participants’ confidence in their knowledge of leaders in the Bible and their own capacity for leading change. However, due to the limited size of the test sample and test period, these findings will require further research before a definite conclusion can be made. The training manual offered in this project will nevertheless provide a valuable resource for beginning the dialogue of leading change in the local church.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Walling, Terry

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Christian leadership, Leadership, Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, Organizational change, Church, Leadershift


Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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