Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Emile Hawkins

Second Advisor

Dr. Lyle Bowlin

Third Advisor

Dr. William Hackett


Organizational growth and vision can outpace leadership development, which ultimately creates frustration and decline in leadership, followership, and teamwork. To counter regression, organizations must determine the factors that hinder leadership development while creating pathways towards organizational success. Research indicates that church attendance in America is in decline, but there are exceptions to this national trend. A case study of one of the fastest growing churches in America reveals a correlation between intentionally fostering a culture of leadership development and one’s ability to continue seizing available growth opportunities. This parallel hypothesized by the researcher in this study was validated through the use of survey, interview, and statistical analysis at both the study site church and college. This case study illustrates that organizations are limited by their leadership capacity. To expand one’s capacity to grow as an organization, the senior leaders must invest in an effective leadership development process.