Discussion Board Forum 1 LEAD 510- Spring 2015 – Liberty University by Joyce Gerald

As a Christian leader, are your leadership capabilities limited to Christian contexts, or do they extend to non-Christian environments as well? Support your answer and provide an experience that best illustrates your stance.

As a Christian leader, this writer’s leadership capabilities have always extended themselves to non-Christian environments as well Christian environments.  The writer does not think that it is possible for a Christian leader to work in a non-Christian environment and not bring these skills to the table.  Christians bring the Holy Spirit with them where ever they go.  As a former public school administrator, praise and worship leader, leader of an online Christian ministry this writer ascertained that the qualities of a Christian leader are the same qualities of any servant leader. According to Don Howell, “New Covenant servant-leaders learn, by imitating their servant-Lord, to abandon their own agendas and preferences in order to seek the good of their fellow servants.” [1]  Due to a lack of understanding of this construct presented by Howell, we are currently seeing a more intense interest in the topic of leadership.[2] Is it possible that we are experiencing this intense interest in leadership due to a lack of,

. . . . theology [ during] leadership development. [Or, could it be due to a lack of emphasis within the framework of sermons, mentorship, and leadership development in the body of Christ? The best place for leaders in non-Christian environment to be provided leadership training is within a theological framework.] Both are endorsed in the Scriptures and both are needed for a thriving flock. From this context, leadership can be developed in the Church based upon this integral Biblical leadership to be extended into other areas of leadership theory and development.[3]

Irving proffers a model for effective servant leadership practice which is research based.  He stated,

The Biblical call to servant-oriented behaviors—a call most dominantly seen in the example and teaching of Jesus—is a call that is not only Biblical, but also is demonstrably effective. As leaders take up the call to walk the servant-oriented pathway of Christ, it is my hope that the model presented and described in this reflection provides practical insights for present and emerging leaders as they seek to implement servant leadership practices in their work with followers, teams, and organizations.[4]

The writer’s question to her colleagues is this?  Are we experiencing a national crisis in leadership, in almost every venue, because of the manner in which leaders are being trained?  Based on the readings of this week and current empirical research, the writer’s response is, yes.

Notes

[1] Don N. Howell, Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003), 19.

[2] Robert J. Banks and Bernice M. Ledbetter, Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004), Location 128, Kindle.

[3] Steven S. Crowther, “Integral Biblical Leadership,” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 60-75, accessed March 16, 2015, 

[4] Justin A. Irving, “Leadership Reflection: A Model for Effective Servant Leadership Practice: A Biblically Consistent and Research-Based Approach to Leadership,” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 127, accessed March 16, 2015, http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol3no2/JBPL_Vol3No2_Irving_pp118-128.pdf.

 

Bibliography

Banks, Robert J., and Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.

Crowther, Steven S. “Integral Biblical Leadership.” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 1-128. Accessed March 16, 2015. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol3no2/JBPL_Vol3No2.pdf.

Howell, Don N. Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003.

Irving, Justin A. “Leadership Reflection: A Model for Effective Servant Leadership Practice: A Biblically Consistent and Research-Based Approach to Leadership.” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 118-28. Accessed March 16, 2015. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol3no2/JBPL_Vol3No2_Irving_pp118-128.pdf.


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