Biblical scholars have become increasingly aware of the importance of looking at texts not only in their historical or literary contexts, but also in their socio-cultural context. Many studies have shown that honour and shame were important social values in the ancient Mediterranean world. Unfortunately, claims that are being made in modern studies concerning honour and shame are usually based on the biblical and classical writings. These scholars seldom consult patristic writings. In this article, it is argued that honour and shame were indeed key social values in the writings of the early Church Fathers. This article focuses on Clement of Alexandria's teachings in the first book of the Παιδαγωγός concerning Christ, the honourable leader. These values form part of the textual strategy of the author since the honour of Christ is used to advance and propagate certain modes of conduct.