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Dissertation Abstract

Developing a Four-Vector Model of Empowerment by Examining
Pauline Leadership Attributes: Implications for Secular Leadership Theory

Danny B. Purvis
January 2010

One of the most intriguing and oft discussed aspects of leadership is the construct known as empowerment. For the past seven decades, this paradigm has been investigated, tested, and discussed in a myriad of ways covering a multitude of leadership disciplines. Though there is a great deal of material within the empowerment literature, precious little research has been conducted examining the potential connectivity between secular perspectives of empowerment and those aspects of the construct that include Christian theology. Specifically, this research examines the potential congruency and interdisciplinarity between secular theory and Christian theology as it pertains to the empowerment strategy implemented by the Apostle Paul. As a church leader, many of Paul‘s texts reflect his approach to empowering the leaders of the organization in his absence. Using critical/historical research methodology, we sifted data drawn from Pauline texts through a series of methodological filters in order to best reveal, examine, and report pertinent results. The Christian Church has a 2,000-year record of global success that cannot help but to influence and enhance secular leadership theory and, therefore, vastly strengthen both of these important disciplines.