An Analysis of Selected Variables that Influence Postsuccession Performance in Southern Baptist Churches

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An Analysis of Selected Variables that Influence Postsuccession Performance in Southern Baptist Churches

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Title: An Analysis of Selected Variables that Influence Postsuccession Performance in Southern Baptist Churches
Author: May, Gary
Advisor: Richardson, Brian C.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between

presuccession contextual and performance variables, successor origin, and postsuccession

performance.

Old and New Testament Scriptures give certain latitude to churches concerning

the methods used in selecting a new pastor. The need for leadership is established and

encouraged. The leadership of the Holy Spirit is expected. Inside, outside, and relay

successions were all identified in Scripture and used by biblical leaders in various

circumstances. The use of all three identified methods of leader succession in churches

and other biblical forms of organizational leadership is consistent with methods used in

secular organizations as well.

The researcher gathered statistical data on 3563 churches cooperating with the

Southern Baptist Convention. Each of these churches called a new pastor in the year

2003 and performance data were analyzed for the 5 years preceding the succession and

the 5 years following the succession providing a la-year longitudinal analysis. The

contextual variables of exit initiation, organizational size, and exit methods of the

outgoing pastor were also considered. In addition, the perfonnance of churches using the

intentional interim process were analyzed and compared to perfonnance of churches that

did not use an intentional interim.

Key words: Pastor, Leader Succession, Leaders, Intentional Interim, Succession

Planning, Transitional Pastor.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3807
Date: 2010-05

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