Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Ephesus

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Where did Paul find leaders for his new churches? How did he instruct and develop them? What processes took place to stabilize the churches and institute their new leadership? This book carves a fresh trail in leadership studies by looking at leadership development from a group-dynamic, social identity perspective. Paul engages the cultural leadership patterns of his key local leaders, publicly affirming, correcting, and improving those patterns to conform to a Christlike pattern of sacrificial service. Paul's ...

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Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Ephesus

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Overview

Where did Paul find leaders for his new churches? How did he instruct and develop them? What processes took place to stabilize the churches and institute their new leadership? This book carves a fresh trail in leadership studies by looking at leadership development from a group-dynamic, social identity perspective. Paul engages the cultural leadership patterns of his key local leaders, publicly affirming, correcting, and improving those patterns to conform to a Christlike pattern of sacrificial service. Paul's own life and ministry offer a motivational and authoritative model for his followers, because he embodies the leadership style he teaches. As a practical theologian avant la lettre, Paul contextualizes key theological themes to strengthen community and leadership formation, and equips his church leaders as entrepreneurs of Christian identity. A careful comparison of the Corinthian and Ephesian churches demonstrates a similar overall pattern of development. This study engages Pauline scholarship on church office in depth and offers alternative readings of five Pauline epistles, generating new insights to enrich dogmatic and practical theological reflection. In a society where many churches reflect on their missional calling, such input from the New Testament for contemporary Christian leadership formation is direly needed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610972444
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Barentsen, born and raised in the Netherlands, served as missionary church planter in his native country and now serves as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and New Testament at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit at Leuven, Belgium (www.etf.edu). He also serves as Secretary of the Institute of Leadership and Ethics at ETF, speaking on leadership and offering consulting services to church leadership teams.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures x

Foreword Philip Esler xi

Preface xv

Abbreviations xvii

1 Introduction 1

Developing Patterns of Leadership

Pauline Correspondence to Corinth and Ephesus

The Social Identity Model of Leadership

Definitions

The Plan of the Book

2 The Ideological Challenge of Church Leadership Studies 16

Beginnings

Modern Historical Scholarship and Denominational Ideology

The Turn to the Social Sciences

Rethinking Leadership in Terms of the First Century

Authority and Ideology in a Group Context

The Challenge to Integrate Social and Ideological Factors

3 The Social Identity Model of Leadership 32

Foundations of the Social Identity Approach

Social Identification Processes

Leaders as (Competing) Managers of Social Identity

Developing Leadership Patterns

Conclusion: The Social Identity Model of Leadership

4 Realigning Emerging Leadership with Christian Social Identity in 1 Corinthians 75

Situating the Corinthian Correspondence in Paul's Ministry

Social Identification in the Corinthian Community in 55 C.E.

The Corinthian Leaders as Managers of Christian Social Identity

Paul's Leadership as Identity Management

The Development of Local Leadership Patterns at Corinth in 55 C.E.

Conclusions

5 Reescablishing Paul's Leadership as Model in 2 Corinthians 112

Situating 2 Corinthians in Paul's Ministry

Social Identification in the Corinthian Community in 56 C.E.

The Corinthian Leaders as Managers of Christian Social Identity

Paul's Leadership as Identity Management

The Development of Local Leadership Patterns at Corinth in 56 C.E.

Conclusions

6 Leadership Legitimation and Empowerment in Ephesians 141

Situating Ephesians in Paul's Ministry

Social Identification in the Ephesian Community in 61 C.E.

The Ephesian Leaders as Managers of Christian Social Identity

Paul's Leadership as Identity Management

The Development of Local Leadership Patterns at Ephesus in 61 C.E.

Conclusions

7 Structuring Leadership and Group Participation in Timothy 184

Excursus: The Authorship and Social Context of 1—2 Timothy

Situating 1 Timothy in Paul's Ministry

Social Identification in the Ephesian Community in 63 C.E.

The Ephesian Leaders as Managers of Christian Social Identity

Pauls Leadership as Identity Management

The Development of Local Leadership Patterns at Ephesus in 63 C.E.

Conclusions

8 Correcting Leadership Misconceptions and Establishing Succession in 2 Timothy 252

Situating 2 Timothy in Paul's Ministry

Social Identification in the Ephesian Community in 66 C.E.

The Ephesian Leaders as Managers of Christian Social Identity

Paul's Leadership as Identity Management

The Development of Local Leadership Patterns at Ephesus in 66 C.E.

Conclusions

9 Conclusions and Implications: Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission 290

Developing Leadership Patterns in Corinth and Ephesus

Comparison of Leadership Patterns in Corinth and Ephesus

Paul's Advocacy of Uniform Patterns of Leadership

Implications for Further Research

Paul: Social Strategist, Situational Theologian

Bibliography 327

Author Index 347

Subject Index 355

Scripture Index 369

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