The relationship between administrative and managerial competencies and ministry satisfaction of executive pastors
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This dissertation combines qualitative and quantitative research elements to determine correlations between administrative and managerial competency and ministry satisfaction for executive pastors. The study attempts to broaden the limited research base related to executive pastors and extends previous competency studies to include the critical factor of ministry satisfaction. A sampling frame comprised of Southern Baptist churches with an average weekly Sunday school/Bible study attendance of at least 1,000 people (n=301) was used to determine the accessible population of research subjects. 100% of titled or functional executive pastors was selected from within this frame (n=301). Study participants were asked to complete a professional survey which combined the Ministry Satisfaction Inventory (Fred Wilson, 1983), the Personal Management Competencies Questionnaire (Stephen Boersma, 1988), and select personal and organizational demographic factors (Tim Woodruff, 2004). Both online and paper survey delivery methodologies were utilized. Correlation testing, ANOVA, and applicable post hoc testing disclosed statistically significant relationships and mean differences. Correlation testing revealed low, but positive linear relationships between competency and satisfaction factors. Interpersonal skill and implementation and decision-making skill demonstrated highest statistical significance relative to satisfaction. Self-reported satisfaction levels were high. Age and years in ministry correlated strongest in relation to staffing and controlling competencies. Demographic data produced a representative executive pastor profile. Keywords . administration; management; competency; ministry satisfaction; executive pastor; Southern Baptist; church administration; minister; manager.