Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Comparison of Resistance and Openness to Change in Church Leadership and Church Growth through the 200 Barrier
by Douglas, Robert R., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2019, 161; 13426707
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of writing “A Comparison of Resistance and Openness to Change in Church Leadership through the 200 Barrier” is to integrate biblical and psychological research in church governance authorities to gain insight into church growth through the 200 barrier. This mixedmethod research used Shaul Oreg’s resistance to change scale employing a 6-point likert scale survey and four essay survey questions to gain further data. One hundred thirteen pastors and governance authority members were surveyed from 15 different churches. Nine of these churches were smaller than 200 in average attendance, and six of them were larger than 200 in average attendance. Despite disparities in the quantitative and qualitative data, the researcher concluded that the leadership of smaller churches have higher levels of resistance to change than larger churches.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank, Huizing, Russell L.
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Management
Keywords: 200 Barrier, Church governance, Church growth, Resistance to change, Shaul, Oreg
Publication Number: 13426707
ISBN: 978-0-438-81524-7
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