Gehman (2008:x) quotes John Stott as saying, "Our model of leadership is often
shaped more by culture than by Christ. Yet many cultural models of leadership
are incompatible with the servant imagery taught and exhibited by the Lord Jesus.
Nevertheless, these alien cultural models are often transplanted uncritically
into the church and its hierarchy. In Africa it is the tribal chief, in Latin America
the machismo (exaggerated masculinity) of the Spanish male, in South Asia the
religious guru fawned on by his disciples, in East Asia the Confucian legacy of
the teacher's unchallengeable authority, and in Britain the British raj mentality
- the overbearing pride associated with the period of British rule until Indian
independence in 1947. It is easy for Christian leaders to assimilate one or other
of these models without realizing it". Consequently, servant leadership remains
a challenge among black African Christians which needs to be addressed. Although
much has been written about servant leadership, more attention is required
to bring about the change in the lives of Black Christians.
This article forms part of research work in progress being completed as part of the degree Master
of Arts (Practical Theology) at the University of Pretoria.