Leadership Practices: A Global and Biblical Perspective
Leadership (the ability to bring people together to accomplish shared goals), be it in an organization or a church, was instituted by God from the beginning. In the context of the church, God commissioned church leadership to "go and make disciples of all nations," to win souls for His kingdom throughout the world instead of standing behind a pulpit in a conventional four walls edifice that we come to know as "church" or donning themselves with ostentatious titles, like "bishop, apostles, prophet or prophetess," to cite a few. The derailment of God's perspective for church leadership has left billions of people worldwide, unreached and disenfranchised from God's words, thereby, invoking rampant suffering, not only from the ravages of wars, hunger, abject poverty, or disease, but also the transforming power of the Gospel.
In the Leadership Practices: A Global and Biblical Perspective, Drs. Cedric and Widza Bryant underscore God’s directives, His original intent of authentic biblical leadership designed to reach all people throughout the world—all of which are encapsulated in Genesis 1:26 to Adam and Eve, to Noah in Genesis 9:1, and in Mathew 28:19–20, Jesus's mandates to the twelve disciples: "Go and make disciples of all nations."
Leadership Practices: A Global and Biblical Perspectiveilluminates our understanding of the biblical inerrancy of leadership by probing on scholars' relentless pursuit to further their knowledge of leadership definition and to expose different interpretations that provide a clear picture of what leadership is and how to apply it to reach excellence.
"Could the inexorable pursuits to define leadership and align its practices be the cause of man’s biased predispositions from God’s intended purpose? A trend that commenced before humanity even existed…" The book accentuates the notion that leadership practices, according to God's design, was to be "global and accessible"—a Christ-centered mandate with tangible and pervasive biblical root that compels leaders to be open to change and to submit to God’s original practices.The manuscript provides the reader with a biblically based model of leadership, using numerous scriptural case-studies that illustrate the differences between what it means to operate as a leader 'of this world' and what it means to be a Christian leader 'in this world.' By following a Christ-centered model, leaders learn how 'success begins with change' and she emphasizes how leaders must first be willing to submit to change themselves before they can guide the process in others. The manuscript is filled with extensive research blending scholarly works with scriptural illustrations which collectively produce an insightful repository for leaders to draw upon as they aspire to become a global Christian leader. The book has wide applications for church leaders at the local, national, and global levels.
—Dr. Richardson, Regent University