Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 303–313

Evaluating Pastoral Effectiveness: To Measure or Not to Measure


DOI: 10.1007/s11089-008-0191-5

Cite this article as:
McKenna, R.B. & Eckard, K. Pastoral Psychol (2009) 58: 303. doi:10.1007/s11089-008-0191-5


Interviews were conducted with 101 senior pastoral leaders from a variety of denominations in order to identify the ways in which pastors and those in authority positions over senior pastoral leaders measure their own effectiveness. The findings of these interviews revealed 23 measures of effectiveness in five categories, including leader outcomes, congregational outcomes, and objective outcomes. Based on the effectiveness taxonomy described in the current study, a process is suggested for a preliminary discussion among church leadership teams, congregational boards, and denominations to identify their primary mission, constituencies served, and related effectiveness priorities.


Pastoral development Pastoral effectiveness Church governance Church leadership Church effectiveness 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Industrial/Organizational PsychologySeattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Industrial/Organizational PsychologySeattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA

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