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This project develops an adaptive mentoring program for leader formation at Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Utilizing literature on mentoring models and the adaptive leadership framework, the project proposes a model that utilizes the mentoring relationship as the holding environment for learning adaptive leadership and specifically adaptive capacity. The mentoring model partnered twenty-six emerging leaders with twenty-six existing leaders to cultivate within leaders the skill sets, characteristics, and practices for adaptive leadership in organizations.

Part one of the project outlines the community and ministry context from which the project arises. First, I focus on the history and demographics of the Kansas City region in the heartland of the United States. Then, I turn to the unique expression of the local church. Part two utilizes adaptive leadership literature in partnership with literature on mentoring relationships to propose a model for leader formation that builds adaptive capacity. Part three develops an overview of the strategy, implementation, and evaluation of the project. The findings highlight the difficulty of implementing the adaptive leadership framework, not only within the mentoring model but also within an organization that has a history of past success and technical competence. The results are limited and unable to prove that mentoring relationships produce adaptive capacity within leaders. The outcomes from this project provide guidance for changes to be made for future iterations of the project. The mentorship project was piloted at Church of the Resurrection and intended to develop a cohort of leaders with adaptive capacity.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Bolsinger, Tod

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Church of the Resurrection, Kansas, Mentoring, Adaptive Leadership, Adaptive capacity, Christian leadership, Leadership


Leadership Studies | Practical Theology


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