Doctor of Ministry

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Parolini, Jeanine

Second Reader

Kate Scorgie; Andrew Rowell


This project, Developing a Leadership Model that Encourages Racial Equity in the Church, brings the reader to a place of real contemplation over personal quandaries regarding racism in this country, as well as current leadership practice in the Church at large. One of the greatest problems in this country is racism; one of the greatest problems in the Church at large is lack of how to handle racism. People think of the Church as a safe haven where they can feel like they have a “place” in society when everything on the outside of the Church is in chaos. However, this is not necessarily the case, as has been proven through research in this project. The Church is missing the basic theme of Christianity in so many ways–love, which is the basis of all Christ’s teachings. When people work and act in love, people’s needs will be met, the Church will retain unity, and political and social pressures will ultimately dissipate. Although this seems simplistic, love is the basis for developing a leadership model that encourages racial equity in the Church. The researcher uses scholarly articles, books, and dissertations to build her case that love is the answer to today’s racial issues. The model that she developed includes the “Five L’s” (Love, Listen, Learn, Label and Link) that are necessary for leadership to be effective and long-lasting.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Document Type

Doctoral thesis