Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives (DLd)



First Advisor

Glenn Williams, DMin

Second Advisor

Jared Roth, EdD

Third Advisor

Jason Clark, DMin


Many leaders inside and outside the church struggle with the weight of leadership demands, feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by the tension that comes with leadership. It is not a lack of calling, clarity, or vision on the part of leaders but the tension of moving people toward achieving mission. Such tension, caused by the function of leadership and not necessarily the leader, is a crucial area that tends to cause a leader to rise or fall. Unfortunately, many leaders eject or struggle without success due to a lack of understanding and the skill set necessary to effectively manage leadership tension. However, that need not be. Management of the leadership tension that is common with all leaders and leadership environments can actually accelerate a leader to success and missional achievement for his or her organization. The dissertation concentrates on how the presence and management of leadership tension affect leaders and the organizations they lead. The subject matter is introduced by defining the terms tension and leadership and discussing how the process of leadership tension works. The dissertation examines leadership tension’s effects to both leader and organization by investigating the common pain encountered by all leaders. It explores the negative effects of leadership tension and the possible responses, both positive and negative, each leader faces. It offers solutions to the issue of successfully managing leadership tension by considering a biblical basis for the presence and management of leadership tension. Finally, the dissertation explores the positive power of leadership tension in a leader’s life personally and relationally. Its conclusion offers effective behaviors found in the successful management of leadership tension.


On August 29 2022, this degree of Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Leadership and Global Perspectives (DMin) was exchanged for a Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives (DLd), with the approval of George Fox University, ATS, and NWCCU.

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