Pastor Survey: Leadership in Church

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Published on October 30, 2018

Author: teleiosresearch


1. Teleios, Inc. Version 1.0 Page 1 of 3 Teleios recently conducted a survey of pastors who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary to assess views of the leadership structure in their churches. WHAT WE DID We examined the type and effectiveness of church leadership in churches pastored by graduates of DTS.  Surveys were sent twice over a 2-week period to a random sampling of graduates through the DTS Alumni Office.  The survey was completed anonymously online at Survey Monkey.  Of the 1000 invitations sent, we received 223 (22%) responses. WHAT WE FOUND The majority of respondents:  Were located in the south/southeast portion of the United States.  Served in primarily non-denominational churches.  Met in a free standing facility.  Served as senior pastor.  Pastored a church for 10-20 years.  Had a ThM degree.  Had an average weekly church attendance of 200-500.  Had an average of 7 elders. Church Government Structure Figure 1 shows the types of church government structures. 24% 43% 28% Figure 1: Church Government Structure Congregational form (congregants appoint leaders) Elder-led (congregants elect elders) Pure elder-led (elders appoint new elders)

2. Teleios, Inc. Version 1.0 Page 2 of 3 Elder Duties* Figure 2 notes what duties are typically assigned to elders. Figure 2 Duties Percent Administrative/spiritual leadership 92% Pastor oversight 62% Teaching the church 53% Leading/teaching small groups 51% Disciplining individuals 47% Elder Training* Figure 3 displays types of new elder training. Positive Views of Elders* Figure 4 shows pastors’ perceptions of the elders’ most positive traits. 24% 19% 25% 11% 20% Figure 2: Elder Training Directly from scripture From other prepared materials Training program developed by church staff Spontaneous presentations Training is not offered 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Supports head pastor & family Commited to God’s Word Supports church programs Undertakes church discipline Provides financial support Figure 4: Elder Positive Aspects

3. Teleios, Inc. Version 1.0 Page 3 of 3 Negative Views of Elders* Figure 5 indicates the pastors’ most negative perceptions about elders. *Most common responses WHAT IT MEANS  Pastors have a strong dependence on elders, especially to assist leading the church administratively and spiritually.  Most churches provide some level of training to their elders.  Pastors are most grateful for elders’ commitment to God's word.  Pastors note elders often are unable to lead and lack of knowledge of the Bible. Summary: There’s room for improved elder training in leadership and biblical knowledge. 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Lack Biblical knowledge Unable to teach/lead Ineffective communication Unrealistic expectations Do not support church programs Figure 5: Elder Negative Aspects

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