Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Daniel McNaughton

Second Advisor

Dr. John Davidson

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim P. Vigil


Population is exploding, and yet the church, in some areas, is declining. High-capacity leaders, who can lead large groups of people toward gospel advancement, are needed now more than ever. The research question that this project seeks to answer is: what are the factors that produce high-capacity leaders within the church? The topic of leadership boasts a wealth of research; however, there is a gap in the research regarding what it takes to develop a highcapacity leader, as defined in this project. The research questions are answered through a qualitative phenomenological study that involve interviewing eight pastors who are leading large churches. The factors discovered from those interviews are compared against the factors that Jesus used to develop the twelve disciples he chose. The goal is to develop a clearly articulated framework through which a high-capacity leader can be developed.

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