THE IMPACT OF LEADERSHIP STYLES IN THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES ON THE GROWTH OF THE GOSPEL IN KADUNA STATE


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS
ABSTRACT

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
1.2       Statement of the Problem
1.3       Objectives of the Study
1.4       Research Questions
1.5       Null Hypotheses
1.6       Significance of the Study
1.7       Scope of the Study

CHAPTER 2
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1       Introduction
2.2       Conceptual framework
2.3       Theories of Leadership
2.4       Types of Leadership
2.4.1    Democratic Leadership
2.4.2    Autocratic Leadership
2.4.3    Laissez – Faire Leadership
2.5       Leadership in the Old Testament
2.5.1    Leadership in the New Testament
2.6       Church Leadership
2.6.1    Leadership Styles in the Church
2.7       The Origin of Pentecostalism in Nigeria
2.7.1 Characteristics of Pentecostal Churches
2.7.2  Leadership Styles in the Pentecostal Churches
2.7.3  Leadership Styles in Handling Church Funds
2.8       Impacts of Leadership Style on the Growth of the Gospel
2.9       Review of Empirical Studies
2.0.1 Summary

CHAPTER 3
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1       Introduction
3.2       Research Design
3.3       Population of the study
3.4       Sample and Sampling Techniques
3.5       Instrumentation
3.5.1    Validity of the Instrument
3.5.2    Reliability of the Instruments/ Pilot Study
3.6       Procedure for Data Collection
3.7       Statistical Analysis Procedure

CHAPTER 4
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
4.1       Introduction
4.2       Demographic Data of respondents
4.3       Answers to Research Questions
4.4       Test of Research Hypotheses
4.5       Summary of Major Findings
4.6       Discussion of Results

CHAPTER 5
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1       Summary
5.2       Conclusions
5.3       Recommendations
5.4       Suggestions for Further Studies
REFERENCES
APPENDIX



ABSTRACT

The various leadership styles emanating from the ever increasing Pentecostal churches and their consequences on the growth of the gospel calls for concern. It is common knowledge that some Pentecostal churches practice a sort of democratic leadership style by carrying every member along in their decision making, others practice autocratic leadership style in which decisions are taken solely by the general overseer while some practice other leadership styles like shepherding and motivational leadership styles. Mismanagement of church funds has continued to be a topical issue in Pentecostal circle, causing disaffection among church members and this has continued to lead to proliferation of Pentecostal churches in Nigeria. In view of the above, the study examined the impact of leadership styles in the Pentecostal churches on the growth of the gospel in Kaduna State. Survey method was used and data was collected from 380 respondents (male = 195, female = 185) using questionnaire developed by the researcher. Data collected was used to answer the research questions raised, and tested hypotheses stated for the study at .05 level of significance. Results suggest significant difference in opinions between male and female on leadership styles in Pentecostal churches in Kaduna State, t = 4.840 p < .05. Respondents agreed that autocratic, motivational and visionary leadership styles are the most practiced styles in Pentecostal churches in Kaduna State. There was no statistically significant difference in opinions between ministers and members of Pentecostal churches as regards the leadership styles used in handling church funds, t = .841, p > .05. Respondents generally disagreed that church funds are handled by the general overseer alone, rather he is being assisted by the treasurer and financial secretary. The study also found statistically significant difference in opinions of single and married members of Pentecostal churches on effects of the leadership styles on the growth of the gospel, t = 6.604, p < .05. It was found that the growth of the church and the gospel in Pentecostal churches was largely influenced by their leadership styles. Based on the findings, it‘s recommended that in order to encourage probity, transparency, and accountability, while some general overseers handle the church funds, they should be assisted by the financial secretary and the treasurer. Quarterly, external auditors should be invited to help in auditing the church accounts.





CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION



1.1              Background to the Study

In a global sense and with respect to leadership, every organization has its system of operation. Nigeria for example, runs a participative leadership. An effective leadership is patterned by its goals and vision which help in achieving positive results. This is because any given organization with a faulty leadership the foundation is prone to collapse. Therefore, leadership remains a fundamental process in every organization in which such an organization builds a style of operation. On this basis, Adam (2003), notes that leadership is a common phenomenon in every facet of life. This implies that leadership is a thing that has captured the attention of many in order bring all pending matters to orderliness. In the same vein, Hybels (2002) states that leader often has impact not only because they are highly gifted but because their leadership styles mesh perfectly with specific ministry needs.

Therefore, to distinguish leadership, it must be borne in mind that different styles of leadership abounds. These are political leadership, economic leadership, and socio-cultural leadership. Each of these leadership type operates based on the principles required within the setting. On this basis, the major focus of this study is religious leadership with special reference to Pentecostal churches in Kaduna State.

It is interesting to know that leadership within Pentecostal churches involves series of vital roles such as in the teaching, counseling, discipline, policy implementation, and co-ordination, recruitment of staff and retirement of staff. Based on these, leadership in the Pentecostal churches faces a great challenge. This implies....


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