THE FACTS WE’VE GATHERED
The Africa Leadership Study began the effort to understand the complex issues of leadership development in Africa by asking African Christians to tell us what they know and have observed. The whole team worked together to design and implement a 93-item questionnaire to gather information. It was provided in English, Swahili, French and Portuguese. We asked 8,041 respondents not only to tell us about themselves and the churches they attended but to identify key clergy and non-clergy Christian leaders, as well as key African-led Christian organizations that were having a high level of positive impact in their communities. Questions focused on the leaders and organizations identified: their characteristics, relationships, and leadership development efforts. There were also questions included which related to the availability and accessibility of books, digital resources, and other training options.
With the data from the surveys in hand, the ALS group was able to identify the pastors, non-clergy leaders, and organizations selected by the African respondents as having significant impact. An interview process including questions specific to background, development and life experiences with a protocol for its implementation was developed. Fifty-seven in-depth interviews were conducted, and detailed reports prepared. These interviews and personal stories provided a wealth of observations and wisdom to draw on in comparing and contrasting similarities and dissimilarities across the three countries, with their differing histories, cultures, and languages.