A Qualitative Exploratory Case Study of Nigerian Pentecostal Pastors in America: The Effect of Leadership Style and Culture

A Qualitative Exploratory Case Study of Nigerian Pentecostal Pastors in America: The Effect of Leadership Style and Culture

Author: 
Joseph P. Ubom
Program of study: 
D.B.A.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study was to explore the leadership style of Nigerian Pentecostal pastors in the United States of America, and their perceptions about adopting Greenleaf’s (1977) servant leadership model in the church. The participants selected for the study were two senior pastors, two associate pastors and eight lay leaders from two Nigerian Pentecostal churches in the DFW area in Texas. The data collection methods are interviews with participants, field notes, and direct observations. Coding of data from the lay leaders and pastors resulted in eight common, themes for Nigerian pastors. The common themes are (a) Leadership problems, (b) authoritarian leadership style, (c) cultural diversity problems, (d) shared leadership problems, (e) leadership development problems, (f) meaning of servant leadership, (g) servant leadership characteristics, and (h) perceptions about servant leadership. The findings reflect concerns about the leadership style of Nigerian pastors and their perceptions about servant leadership for the church. Demonstrating the effectiveness of servant leadership is essential to pastors and lay leaders that have never heard about servant leadership and for establishing training programs for pastors and lay leaders in the church. Further research could focus on the perceptions and practices of servant leadership among other ethnic groups and denominations in the United States of America. Effective leadership is essential for faith-based organizations as well as for profit organizations. Nigerian pastors hoping to grow their churches in the United States of America must realize and understand the necessity of connecting with the surrounding culture, and the importance of meeting the needs of their congregations first before their personal interests.
Dedication: 
This dissertation is dedicated to Jesus my Lord and Savior for keeping me alive to complete this long academic journey by his grace and mercy. Thank you Jesus for the strength you have given me to overcome all the challenges of this journey. All things are possible for me because I believe in Jesus. I always remember the vow I made before God that I will use this education to serve God in the earth. Most Holy God in heaven, I thank you in Jesus mighty name, Amen. I also dedicate this dissertation to my Father Chief Peter Ubom who set up this academic journey for me. It was difficult to start the journey without him, but Jesus has made all things possible for me. Thank you Daddy, I love you. I dedicate this dissertation to my dear son Peter J. Ubom Jr., for whom I have laid this foundation to follow me. My father spoke the word, and Jesus made it to manifest in my life for you to see and walk in my footprints as I am walking in the footprint of Jesus. You supported me and stood by me when other family members mocked me and left. God will never forsake you. He has blessed you above everyone, and you will reign on the earth as the priest of the Lord in the house of God. God will keep you from all evil for his purpose to be fulfilled in your life. Thank you son; Daddy loves you. This dissertation is also dedicated to my beloved wife, Cecilia for her unyielding love and unwavering encouragement and support. “Cece” you have invested so much to make this journey possible. You have never left me in loneliness; you have always been by my side, motivating me. You have helped me to accomplish this goal. We have made it. Thank you.
Acknowledgements: 
First, I would like to thank Dr. Christina Anastasia Ph.D. (Mentor/Chairperson).You provided professional mentorship and guided me to the end of my academic journey. You motivated me with your feedback and corrections to sharpen my scholarly writing. Thank you. In addition, I want to thank my committee members: Dr. Grant Sisk, Ph.D., and Dr. Michael Taku, DBA, for ensuring the dissertation meets the standards for scholarly writing. Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the period of my research. Second, I must thank my wife who has suffered with me during this long academic journey. You endured all the challenges with me and supported me throughout the journey. When I broke down, you lifted me up and motivated me to keep moving. You walked with me tirelessly throughout the journey. May God keep you alive to enjoy the fruits of your labors, I love you. A sincere thank you to the following servants of God for empowering me spiritually with the word of God that guided my steps and directed my path in the course of this journey:  Dr. Bishop David Oyedepo, Ph.D. (USA), Living Faith Ministries, Nigeria  Bishop Mike Afolabi, Living Faith Ministries, Nigeria  Bishop T. D. Jakes, The Potters House Church, Dallas, Texas, USA  Dr. Joseph Esin, Ph.D. Dallas, Texas (USA)  Prophet Gedeon J. Eddgah, New Birth Bible Church, Uyo, Nigeria  Dr. Bishop Josephine Eddgah, New Birth Bible Church, Uyo, Nigeria  Pastor George U. Effiom, B.A., MBA Dallas, Texas, (USA),  Pastor John-Bull Mafinuyomi, BSC, Dallas, Texas (USA) A sincere thank you to the following family members for their supports in the course of this journey  Mrs. Cecilia Joseph Ubom, BSC, University of Phoenix, USA  Mr. Collins I. Etim (CEO) Construction Management Services, Dallas, Texas, USA  Sister Mary Agunwa, Arlington, Texas, USA  Madam Theresa P. Ubom, Mbak Etoi, Uyo, Nigeria  Master Peter J. Ubom Jr. Irving, Texas, USA