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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


The modem western church is experiencing a crisis of leadership. This crisis of leadership within the church is driven largely by the lack of emotional intelligence among the churches leaders. The lack of emotional intelligence is debilitating to the missional effectiveness of the Church in this emerging culture. The problem of the lack of emotional intelligence among leaders will be addressed by crafting a model of leadership composed of a core with four key components. The core is emotional intelligence (EI). With EI at the core of the leader, four ways of life and leadership emerge. These will equip the emotionally intelligent leader with the capacity to empower himself/herself, other individuals, and congregations for missional living effectiveness in God's twenty-first century Church. This study examines an ever expanding library of leadership experts and their offerings of ideas on leadership for effectiveness in the future. Through the examination of these materials, it was identified that many authors stated similar findings in effective leadership traits. The underlying piece that makes these leadership gifts effective for the leader and the community or business that they lead, is a fundamental growth in their awareness of their emotions and the emotions of others. The four key components flow from the leader's core emotional intelligence. The first two components, Incarnational Living and Transparent Leading, provide the self-discipline for personal growth in mission. Both of these categories deal primarily with the self. Both are instrumental for relationship growth with God and others to take root. As leaders grow in these capacities, a third element of emotional intelligence, Intuitive Leaning, takes on special significance as it enables leaders to create resonance in their communities and life relationships. With these three elements missionally infecting individuals and their relationships, a fourth component, Connective Linking, enables leaders to create environments of inspiration and empowerment for others. Collectively, these EI components build upon one another for missional living in this emerging culture.