Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing the Relationship between Faith Maturity and Stewardship among Top-Level Christian Leaders
by Leavell, Marybeth Leavell, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2016, 236; 10144511
Abstract (Summary)

The problem of institutional corruption calls for a model of leadership that promotes accountability and organizational ethics. Stewardship theory proposes that intrinsic factors motivate leaders to choose accountability for the well-being of the organization; however, the antecedents of steward behaviors are unknown. The purpose of this quantitative correlational research was to determine if, and to what degree, a relationship existed between faith maturity and stewardship among top-level Christian leaders. The theoretical foundations included faith development theory and stewardship theory. A convenience sample of 162 leaders who are members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Steward Leader Initiative answered four research questions that asked to what extent Christian leaders’ faith maturity related to and predicted stewardship. The results of Pearson's product moment correlation found moderate, positive correlations of faith maturity and its vertical and horizontal dimensions with stewardship (corresponding coefficients: .491, .362, and .459, p < .01). A simple linear regression model indicated that faith maturity predicted stewardship, F (1, 142) = 44.990, p < .001, adj. R2 = .235. The hierarchical multiple linear regression model indicated that vertical faith and horizontal faith predicted stewardship, R2 = .241, F (1, 141) = 22.370, p < .001, adj. R2 = .230, with the vertical dimension accounting for .131 and the horizontal dimension explaining .110. The researcher rejected the null hypotheses for all research questions and concluded that faith maturity and its vertical and horizontal dimensions significantly related to and predicted the stewardship of top-level Christian leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ness, Lawrence
Commitee: Roland, Troy, Simmons, Brian
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Religious education, Spirituality
Keywords: Agency theory, Faith maturity, Steward, Steward leadership, Stewardship theory
Publication Number: 10144511
ISBN: 978-1-339-99658-5
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