During the last 25 years, I have had the privilege of not only training some of the church leaders of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, but also observing the church and its leadership in other parts of Africa. As a result, it is my firm conviction that the leadership crisis in which the Church in Africa is steeped today is due in part to a departure from the biblical leadership principles and leadership styles that church leaders learned while in Bible College or seminary to the practice of leadership styles or models that are shaped more by culture than those Biblical leadership values. Yet, many of these culturally oriented leadership styles are diametrically opposed to the biblical injunction to servanthood. This study describes and analyzes the leadership styles emphasized in 4 Assemblies of God (A/G) Bible Colleges in the West African countries of Ghana, Togo, and Burkina Faso. In particular, the personal leadership styles of 8 administrators (Presidents and Academic Deans) and 7 alumni (Church leaders) of these Bible Colleges are analyzed to ascertain the gap between advocated leadership perspectives of the Bible Colleges and the leadership styles that alumni practice in the field. This qualitative study identifies the most emphasized leadership styles in the Bible Colleges and how those leadership styles impact the lives and ministries of the alumni, the administrators, and the surrounding community. This study assesses the impact of culture on the alumni's practice of servant leadership in their respective leadership roles in the Church. According to the data, there is a conflict between most cultural practice in Africa and servant leadership. Notwithstanding, the practice of servant leadership has helped both students and alumni in their spiritual development by instilling humility and obedience in their lives and ministries. This study further demonstrates that servant leadership positively impacts church growth, Bible College budget and fundraising, student-faculty relationships, and the development of the community at large.Arguing convincingly in favor of leadership that emanates from systems theory, Stevens and Collins (1993) give seven reasons why leadership should be systems- oriented, (a) Systems theory is not merely a method but a theory. As such, itanbsp;...
|Title||:||Leadership Styles in Assemblies of God Bible Colleges in West Africa: A Study of Perspectives of Alumni, Academic Deans, and Presidents|
|Author||:||Emmanuel A. Natogma|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|