Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

David B. Van Heemst

Second Advisor

Leon M. Blanchette

Third Advisor

H. Stanton Tuttle

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Leadership is a dynamic process. Pastoral leadership, though often times rewarding, can also be challenging. Insofar as pastoral leaders are equipped and have the leadership agility and dexterity to effectively manage through the demands of their call, their emotional intelligence abilities and transformational leadership behaviors may prove invaluable when being leveraged toward mission effectiveness, funding, and volunteer involvement. Emotional intelligence and transformational leadership are viable constructs that serve as the conceptual frameworks for this research. Enabling pastoral leaders to enhance their leadership skill through the development of these respective constructs offers benefits to the pastoral leaders and the member constituents and communities they serve. The purpose of this study was to examine and better understand the relationship between the emotional intelligence abilities and transformational leadership behaviors of pastoral leaders and the subsequent linear correlation to pastoral leader’s effectiveness. Results indicated that no significant relationship was found between the identified characteristics of emotional intelligence abilities, transformational leadership behavior, and pastoral leader effectiveness. The primary aim of this research was to aid, inform, and improve those who serve as pastoral leaders toward the maximization of the respective mission of their respective organization. The population for this study (N = 267) was pastoral leaders from within the respective faith traditions of the various New Thought Christian movements and the Church of the Nazarene.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2016 for Olivet Nazarene University.

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