Leadership in African context: a missiological approach
English: Good leadership is of utmost importance for the people of Africa and the political future of the continent. In the African context it is clear that important new directives for sound leadership is needed. From the missiological perspective an overview of leadership and biblical guidelines are given. In chapter one an outline of the context, scope and purpose of the thesis is given In chapter two leadership is defined in the secular literature and given theories on leadership is discussed. In chapter three a biblical overview of leadership is put forward. The Old Testament’s view of king, prophet and priest is discussed. According to the New Testament Jesus replied to the environmental problems of his time and age. Jesus himself was a shepherd of his people, servant and steward. Paul’s views are also discussed. In chapter four the context of Africa is reviewed. Africa is a continent with as terrible past and important aspects of the pre-colonial and colonial rule is discussed. However, the problems of Africa are not only as a result of its colonial past. Leadership is often lacking and dictators and military leaders often bring about disaster to their people. In chapter five the socio-economic an political stance of the church is discussed. The church has an important role to play in Africa to help the continent on a new way. In chapter six the churches’ involvement in Africa’s revolution is defined and discussed. The church must influence the leadership of Africa. The way in which the worldview must be influenced is also important. Chapter seven ends of with a short evaluation.Afrikaans: Goeie leierskap is essensieël vir die mense van Afrika en ook vir die politieke toekoms van die kontinent. Belangrike nuwe riglyne vir leierskap is noodsaaklik ‘n Oorsig word oor leierskap gegee vanuit die perspektief van die sending. Byblelse riglyne word gegee. In Hoofstuk Een word die konteks, doel en raamwerk uiteengesit. In Hoofstuk Twee word leierskap gedefinieer en vanuit die sekulêre literatuur bepreek. Verskeie teorieë word behandel. In Hoofstuk Drie word ‘n oorsig oor leierskap in die Bybel gegee. Die Ou Testament benader leierskap vanuit die perspektief van die koning, profeet en priester. In die Nuwe Testament tree Jesus op te midde van die tydsomstandighede. Hy is tegelyk herder, dienaar en dienskneg. Paulus se beskouing word ook bespreek. In Hoofstuk Vier word die konteks van Afrika behandel. Die verlede word bespreek uit die perspektief van die pre-koloniale en koloniale tye. Afrika gaan gebuk onder omstandighede wat alleen aan die koloniale verlede toegeksryf kan word nie. Daar is dikwels ‘n gebrek aan goeie leierskap en diktators en militêre leiers bring dikwels ellende vir hulle mense mee. In Hoofstuk Vyf word die kerk se sosio-ekonomiese ingesteldheid beskryf. Die kerk het inderdaad ‘n belangrike rol te speel In Hoofstuk Ses word die kerk se rol in die revolusie van Afrika bespreek. Die kerk moet leiers beïnvloed en ook die lewens- en wêreldbeskouing transformeer Hoofstuk Sewe sluit met ‘n kort evaluering.
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