Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Charles C. Warfield

Second Advisor

Dr. James R. Sanders

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker


Contemporary needs of the African-American church are both deeply spiritual and agonizingly physical, and the resultant burden of the church has never been more challenging. Today's needs in the church call for diverse leadership.

This study generated and measured the perception of importance of 22 competencies for effective leadership as pastors of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The study also sought to determine which of the competencies were performed, shared, delegated, or not performed at each responsive church. Finally, the study sought to determine the extent to which selected demographic factors were related to the perception of importance.

The perceptions of the importance of the 22 competencies on a 4-point scale were the dependent parameters, and the independent parameters were gender, age, health status, experience, education, and current student status.

Competencies were ranked according to perception of importance. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients were calculated to determine the relationship between perception of importance and selected demographics. An analysis of variance and t test were performed. No clear patterns emerged across all dependent parameters .

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access