Essay on Biblical Foundations of Leadership

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 4-MAT Book Review 1 Submitted to Dr. Hyun “David” Chung Professor in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of Lead 510 –B01 Biblical Foundations of Leadership by Joseph De Jesus January 25, 2015 Abstract Reviewing Leadership: a Christian evaluation of current approaches is a summary of academic approaches and experiences. Banks and Ledbetter begin the book by highlighting the growing interest in leadership and the difference between leadership and management. The authors make a point about the issue of values, which is a necessary component when discussing the topic of leadership. Banks and Ledbetter state “the crisis that exists in leadership today…show more content…
Over the years when I have dealt with difficult people in ministry, those words I heard from my Pastor have played in my head like a recording in order to try and justify a certain action or decision on my part. I’ve learned through the years that pulling rank or imposing my will just because I have the title or position of Pastor only frustrates people more. Often leaders will say things in the heat of the moment and then regret what they have said. I constantly tell myself “think about what you’re about to say”. James says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” I am convinced that if as leaders we would respond in love and compassion we would resolve many of the issues we confront in leadership. Reflection What bothered me most about the book is that it does not offer enough biblical support other than in chapter two where Banks and Ledbetter spend some time writing about the Apostle Paul. In chapter four Banks and Ledbetter secularize the life and teachings of Jesus. Surprisingly, Jesus’ life and teachings in the words of Banks and Ledbetter “should not be overly emphasized.”4 I do agree with Banks and Ledbetter that “Our age is perhaps more different from Jesus’ time in its ways of thinking than in its ways of operating.”5 Banks and Ledbetter give no scriptural basis for their assumptions. Banks and Ledbetter totally undercut Jesus’ teaching on the golden rule. What I did not like about the book was that it did not give
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