For Such a Time as This: A Situational Model of Leadership -- By: William D. Dobbs
ATJ 33 (2001) p. 33
For Such a Time as This:
A Situational Model of Leadership
William Dobbs (M.Div.Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary) is pastor of First United Methodist Church, Holland, MI, and a D.Min. student at ATS.
Leadership is the challenge of the hour. Leadership in the church in the 21st century demands responsiveness to change. Situations change. Ministry opportunities change. Persons who would provide leadership in the context of change can benefit greatly from knowledge of how other leaders have dealt with change. For those of us in the religious community, we often begin with biblical leaders and then look to more contemporary models. The current model of choice seems to be Servant leadership, but I believe there are other models that are equally valid. I propose to reflect on the leadership of Moses as a different model of leadership. We will examine other biblical examples to see how they relate to the model and then discuss this model in light of current leadership theory.
Moses as the Archetype
The first thing we discover as we read the book of Exodus is that there is a
- cry for deliverance
Even as the Israelites were crying for deliverance, God took notice of their plight and began to prepare a leader for them. From Moses’ birth, God was preparing him for the task of leadership that lay ahead. The infancy narrative and the early career of Moses all contribute to making Moses the kind of person who could speak to Pharaoh and survive the wilderness for 40 years. This is not to suggest that God’s power and presence did not play an integral part in Moses’ ministry post “burning-bush.” It is meant to state that
- God’s gift of life experiences
All of which brings us to the call of Moses and three more criteria for a Situational leader. We begin with
- the Divine-human encounter.
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