Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Fredric W Rohm

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Leroy P VanWhy


The purpose of this study was to identify independent programmatic leadership activity variables that showed the most robust correlation to higher transformational leadership scores in ministry students. Recognizing which variables have the strongest correlation to higher transformational leadership scores may help regional campus directors and pastors better understand how to develop future church leaders in their programs. This quantitative study utilized a survey method that addressed six research questions. The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) served as the instrument. Association of Related Churches (ARC) ministry students located at Southeastern University regional campuses in Florida were the population. Idealized influence-attribution represented the most robust correlate within transformational leadership, the independent variable of GPA had a moderate correlation to higher transformational leadership scores, and the independent variable of leadership courses had a moderate inverse correlation to transactional leadership. Implications of this study include recommendations for future strategies related to developing transformational leaders within ARC regional campuses.