A Theological Comparison Between Social Science Models and a Biblcal Perspective of Servant Leadership

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A Theological Comparison Between Social Science Models and a Biblcal Perspective of Servant Leadership

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Title: A Theological Comparison Between Social Science Models and a Biblcal Perspective of Servant Leadership
Author: Jones, Galen Wendell
Advisor: Purcell, Larry J.
Abstract: This dissertation examines servant leadership and its biblical antecedents with

from specific biblical texts and non-biblical literature. Chapter 1 introduces the research

concern that the Bible presents a comprehensive servant theology that is consistent

through both Testaments. As well it introduces the idea that servant leaders are slaves of

God, servants to the Body of Christ, and Ambassadors to the world.

Chapter 2 explores servant leadership theory by connecting the theory to its

biblical origins. It presents a biblical theology of servant leadership utilizing the lens of

biblical slavery as a model for Christian leadership discovered in Mark 10:42-45 as well

as introducing the Christological paradox: “power through powerlessness.”

Chapter 3 examines social science perspectives of servant leadership. While

tracing the development of the theory through the writing of Robert K. Greenleaf and

through conducting a critical probe of Greenleaf’s attempt to blend Eastern spiritualism

with secular humanism, and Christianity.

Chapter 4 addresses the categorical differences between a biblical worldview

and the worldview of the social sciences in servant leadership research. Further, it delves

into the work of Larry C. Spears, Kathleen A. Patterson and others in the social sciences

who have proposed various models and theories of servant leadership.

Chapter 5 examines Walter C. Kaiser’s Principilizing Model for moving beyond theology to propose a means to discover biblical principles of servant leadership

as well as offer suggestions for future research.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3952
Date: 2012-05-23

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