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The Burden of Leadership: A Theology of Faithful Presence in Practice

James Davison Hunter

in To Change the World

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730803
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0019
The Burden of Leadership: A Theology of Faithful Presence in Practice

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Everyone exercises leadership to varying degrees for we all exercise relative influence in the wide variety of contexts in which we live. By the same logic, we are all also followers in a sense, for even where we exercise leadership, we are held to account—we follow the dictates, needs, and standards of others. Faithful presence in practice is the exercise of leadership in all spheres and all levels of life and activity. It represents a quality of commitment oriented to the fruitfulness, wholeness, and wellbeing of all. Faithful presence generates relationships and institutions that are fundamentally covenantal in character, the ends of which are the fostering of meaning, purpose, truth, beauty, belonging, and fairness—not just for Christians, but also for everyone. It is an assault on the worldliness of this present age. The burden of shalom falls to leaders.

Keywords: leadership; elitism; status; symbolic capital; covenant; faithful presence; instrumentalization

Chapter.  7875 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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