Title

Christian School Leaders and Spirituality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Originally Published In

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume Number

21

Issue Number

3

Page Numbers

235-264

Abstract

This phenomenological study examined the spiritual experiences of Christian school leaders who are the spiritual leaders of their schools. A purposeful, nominated sample of 12 Christian school leaders was selected. In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted, audio taped, and then transcribed verbatim. Data analysis was based on Rudestam and Newton's method of researcher description. Findings indicated participants believe that spiritual leadership is an active, personal process for each individual. They see the importance of relationships with others; exhibit personal growth; provide for needs and opportunities; promote personal and spiritual growth; have a personal relationship with God; exhibit humility; are real and accessible; and serve as mentor, encourager, and supporter of all the members of the community.