Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Church-Based Servant Leadership during Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Qualitative Action Research Case Study
by Bowden, Scott David, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2020, 120; 27958820
Abstract (Summary)

Research indicates that clerical students do not receive disaster response training part of course work or as part of employment and the majority of clergy do not consider the need for disaster response training in emotional or spiritual care as an urgent need. The problem is that the majority of clergy do not receive training in disaster response as part of continuing education or as part of therefore creating a paradigm clergy confront as servant leaders, by serving followers as well as being strong leaders for confronting issues. The purpose of the qualitative action research case study is to explore whether the positive attributes of servant leadership are effective to provide the needed communication for follower growth and development related to the organization’s mission during disaster preparedness and response. Participants included clergy and non-clergy leadership in a non-denominational, non-traditional church responsible for disaster preparedness and response decision-making in Grassroots Community. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews with a demographic survey and interview questions on servant leadership. Transcripts of the interviews were analyzed for themes. Key findings were as a servant leader I am Christ-like and provide Agapao love, providing guidance to others by being a role model, empowering others, being empathetic, listening, and commitment to follower growth. Recommendations include church leadership participate in disaster preparedness and response training and participate in a leadership summit.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Buckley, Robin
Commitee: Wratcher, Marcia, Shriner, Michael
School: Northcentral University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Church-based, Leadership, Preparedness, Qualitative, Servant
Publication Number: 27958820
ISBN: 9798643175650
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