Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Villagrana, Margarita

Second Advisor

Jameson, Bryan

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study is to examine leadership in faith based social service organizations. The issue that this researcher addressed is leadership styles in faith-based social service organizations and character traits of spirit led servant leaders. This study addressed the issue of spiritual leadership because recent research implies that spirituality and leadership are important factors that contribute to the healthy human development of indviduals. Many social workers find the assumptions, beliefs, and values of the Christian faith helpful in providing a frame of reference for understanding and responding to both individual and societal problems. There were 35 self-assessment servant leadership surveys. The respondents from a Christian congregation included four male pastors, eight male decons, and two women that supervise and lead ministry services. Participants from Union Rescue Mission included 21 individuals in leadership positions.