Evaluating Pastoral Effectiveness: To Measure or Not to Measure
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- McKenna, R.B. & Eckard, K. Pastoral Psychol (2009) 58: 303. doi:10.1007/s11089-008-0191-5
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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.