From the Editor
Corné J. Bekker

Welcome to the 2009 Summer edition of the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership. This is the largest edition of JBPL yet, and I am encouraged to report that the volume and quality of the submissions to the journal have significantly increased. We plan to publish a second edition later this year to accommodate the growth in submissions. more

  Leadership Reflection
Corné J. Bekker

It is surprising, that with the relative increase in scholarly focus on the phenomena of leadership, to see how leadership scholars in modernity have largely ignored the topic of religious leadership. There has been little advance in theoretical perspectives in the processes of religious leadership in the twentieth century beyond the pioneering sociological studies of Weber and Wach. more

  Book Review
Mike Oney

The contention of Williams in The Potter's Rib is that ancient models of mentoring may hold significant hope in the development of clergy today. The value of exploring concepts relevant to clergy leadership development is easily reflected by noting the issues currently facing clergy. Many clergy feel demoralized, and performance objectives of many ecclesiastical contexts indicate the need for leadership development. more

 
ASSESSING THE LEADERSHIP STYLE OF PAUL AND CULTURAL CONGRUENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AT CORINTH USING PROJECT GLOBE CONSTRUCTS
Mark Green, Stephanie Kodatt, Charles Salter, Phyllis Duncan, Diana Garza-Ortiz, & Esther Chavez

Several studies have analyzed the Apostle Paul's leadership style. These studies have used situational leadership and analyses based on various roles in which Paul served. Over the last decade, the largest empirical study of leadership—Project GLOBE—was conducted. This project analyzes six dimensions of leadership and nine dimensions of culture in sixty-two different societies around the globe. Using the Project GLOBE dimensions of leadership and culture, this study posits what Paul's leadership style likely was, and what the cultural dimensions of the community at Corinth might have been. Project GLOBE provides detailed information concerning what forms of leadership work best with each dimension of culture. Using that baseline, this study finds that Paul's likely leadership style and the cultural preferences of the community at Corinth match on thirty out of thirty-six pairs of leader-culture agreement. download/print article

   
JOTHAM'S FABLE: A PEOPLE AND LEADERSHIP CALLED TO SERVE (JUDGES 8:22-9:57)
J. Lyle Story

This paper interprets the political saga of Gideon and Abimelech, particularly evident in different views of the monarchy (Jgs 8:22-9:57). While Gideon refuses the offered kingship, Abimelech ruthlessly seizes the kingship through a fearful fratricide. The various episodes reveal different attitudes towards kingship as Israel "feels its way" to the monarchy. Jotham's fable, with its political caricatures, contrasts the arrogant, self-serving, and dangerous bramble (Abimelech) with the altruistic service of the horticultural trio (olive tree, fig tree, and vine), signifying the people of God and their leaders. Together they affirm that their true goal is to bring God's blessing to others, to produce fruitful items that all may enjoy alike. Their purpose is not that of a fruitless rule over the people of God. The entire story affirms the truth that God alone is the foundation of his people and their rulers. Israel's calling is that of service to God and the community. A flow-chart, labeled table 3, at the end of the article expresses the points of continuity and contrast in these episodes, and supports a unified narrative in its canonical form. download/print article

   

QUEEN ESTHER AS A SERVANT LEADER IN ESTHER 5:1-8
Olufunmilayo O. Akinyele

This paper explores the leadership of the literary figure of Queen Esther and the importance of the story in the institution of the Festival of Purim. Cultural intertexture analysis, honor, guilt, rights culture, and challenge-response/riposte place Esther within the domain of a servant leader demonstrating the leadership virtues Patterson identifies in her theoretical model of servant leadership. Although Esther's leadership fits within the framework of servant leadership, her self-sacrificial leadership goes beyond it. Additional research is needed to demonstrate how Esther's leadership model works within different socio-economic and multicultural contexts as well as how it fits within Bekker's proposed model of kenotic leadership. download/print article

   
FORMS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NEAR REALM OF GOD: GOOD NEWS FOR PENITENT VISIONARIES FROM MARK'S GOSPEL
Samuel R. D. Massey
In my experience, pastors casting visions unilaterally for their congregations can create conflict. Statistics suggest that vision casting by pastors, in spite of literature advocating them to do so, can lead to dissolution of the pastoral relationship. I examine the vision of the kingdom or realm of God cast by Jesus according to the gospel of Mark, specifically in Mark 8:22–10:52. From this vision, I attempt to identify three forms of leadership that I believe are implied by Jesus, those being selfless, hospitable, and empowering leadership. I compare these three forms to current leadership theory. Finally, I assess the identification of leadership with vision casting, and I conclude that Jesus' teaching in Mark on the realm of God does not lead to vision casting by pastors as a unilateral activity. download/print article
   
THE NATHAN FACTOR: THE ART OF SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
Maurice A. Buford

Seemingly within today's organizational cultures, the adage "the truth hurts" has hindered leaders from listening and intimidated followers from articulating. This has ultimately stalled corporations from maximizing their potential. The questions become: Where has the courage to stand up for and to flawed leadership gone? What does scripture have to say about this issue and does the text offer practical applications to the reader? Within this article, such questions are confronted as the life of the prophet Nathan, as recorded in 2 Samuel, is analyzed. This editorial contextually walks with the prophet as he navigates through five critical moments within the text. This journey consequently gleans lessons from this courageous follower and articulates a historical biblical methodology to relevantly speak truth to power in today's context. download/print article

   
THE ROMANS 12 GIFTS: USEFUL FOR PERSON-JOB FIT
Bruce E. Winston

The seven motivational gifts found in Romans 12—(a) perceiving, (b) serving, (c) teaching, (d) encouraging, (e) giving, (f) ruling, and (g) mercy—when viewed as a profile provide a base for person-job fit suitable for use with all people regardless of faith tradition. This paper argues that people have some combination of all gifts that is in contrast to the popular literature's perspective of people having one or two gifts. When people are placed in jobs that fit their motivational gift profile people seem to be self-motivated to perform the requisite tasks. This paper recommends that future research examine gift profiles in specific jobs to see if there is a common profile for those people that are satisfied and motivated. download/print article

   

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