Saturday, January 28, 2017

Church Leadership In Africa

I have studied Church leadership both from North American and African perspectives. I perceive that there is a great difference between the two. In Africa, Church leadership is in an important sense not about the Church leader, while in North America it is. African Church leadership training typically focuses on aspects of Church leadership which are thought to be critical to such leadership: the role of the Holy Spirit, homiletics, prayer, the mission of the Church, and so on. North American Church leadership training focuses far more on the leader himself or herself. One could even say, mostly so. To put this another way, in Africa one may not find much about Church leadership by examining a seminary curriculum or textbooks -- although North American material has increasingly been entering the seminaries of Africa. OBSERVATION: In an important sense, Church leadership in Africa is not about leadership.

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