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Research has shown that one effective means of improving leader effectiveness in business and education is coaching. Coaching involves asking questions, exploring options, providing guidance, and training in skills. Ministry is enhanced by coaching. This research explored the impact coaching six pastors in the Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines churches had on the numerical and spiritual growth of the churches they pastor. The study focused on the key leadership factors of preaching, personal spiritual maturity, and multiplication of small groups plus two survey-determined factors. The hypothesis was that as the pastor advanced in leadership skills and effectiveness in these factors through coaching, their churches would be influenced to grow spiritually and numerically.

A leadership model that evaluates leaders and assigns a readiness level to the coachees for accomplishing a task is the Situational Leadership model of Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard. Employing the Situational Leadership model guides the coach in appropriate coaching responses corresponding to the readiness level of the coachee. This study also examines the effectiveness to Situational Leadership to coaching the pastors.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact on church growth of a spiritual maturity, preaching, and small group leadership coaching program for pastors in churches planted by Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Inc., (FECPI) using Situational Leadership as a coaching strategy over a six-month period.

One finding of this study shows that coaching generally improves the specific area in which the coachee was coached but does not produce overall growth in the church. Evaluations after completion of the study suggest the lack of growth in the statistical areas tracked is due to the time limitations of the project. A coaching program longer than six months may produce different results.

Additional findings of the study show the value of coachee involvement in deciding factors to be coached, that using Situational Leadership as a coaching strategy contributes to increased focus and awareness in the coachee of needs in the church, and that Situational Leadership created in the coachee the value of being discipled and discipling others. Finally, while statistical growth did not occur in the six-month time of the coaching project, data analysis revealed that attendees of the churches whose pastors were coached obtained a positive perception of the effectiveness of the church and pastor over the coaching time. The changes in perception are attributable to the coaching process.




Thesis (D. Min.), 2011

Publication Date



2011, D., Min., 767518872, Church, growth, Philippines, Case, studies, Faith, Evangelical, Methodology, Study, teaching, Christian, leadership, Clergy, Training, Personal, coaching, Religious, aspects, Christianity


Biblical Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Other Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Thesis (D. Min.)--Asbury Theological Seminary, 2011.


Includes bibliographical references (leaves 202-214).

Call Number

BV652.25 .B872 2011



Coaching Pastors of Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines Churches for Church Growth