Masters Thesis

Evangelical Christian pastors and dishonesty within the leader-subordinate relation

In this study, eleven Evangelical Christian pastors participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews regarding the occurrence of dishonesty within the Senior Pastor-Associate pastor relationship that exists in the local church congregation. The research discovered that dishonesty is a regular occurrence within this relationship, despite the stated religious morals and values of Christianity generally viewing dishonesty as a moral transgression. Additionally, the types of dishonesty used, and the motivations for choosing to be dishonest, varied between Senior Pastors and Associate Pastors. The outcomes of discovered dishonesty in regard to trust, loyalty, and organizational commitment are also discussed. Five common themes emerged within the interview data as possible causes of dishonesty within this relationship: human nature, character issues, leadership style, organizational structure, and insecurity.

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