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Doctoral Project Abstract

Leading in the Spirit:
A Devotional Guide on the Leadership Values of the Fruit of the Spirit

Susan Gibbons
Regent University

Written for an audience of Christians in leadership positions worldwide, this project applies biblical truths and values to contemporary organizational and leadership contexts in response to an emerging interest in spirituality in the workplace and the spiritual dimension of leadership as evidenced by the proliferation of literature, organizations, workshops, and seminars on the subject. Examining the nine characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit written about by the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23, this composite of devotionals examines Old and New Testament texts that illuminate each of the nine characteristics; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and makes direct, practical application of the scriptures to organizational life. Through the use of case studies that frame each dimension in an organizational context and by providing practical examples of how each concept may be applied in creating and maintaining healthy organizational cultures, the manuscript provides a pragmatic approach to living out the Christian faith within organizations.

Additionally, since leaders can only manifest to others that which has been cultivated within their hearts and characters the leader's spiritual formation in Christ is also explored in the context of the Fruit of the Spirit through the practice of spiritual disciplines.


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