The role of evangelical leadership in Uganda for effective church ministry: a strategic practical theological study
God is the ultimate leader, and the church leadership mandate and responsibility is from Him. The Lord prepares those He calls to take leadership responsibilities. He does not intend to use persons who are not properly equipped and developed to occupy high leadership positions in the church. Hence church leaders in evangelical churches in Uganda who wish to be proficiently used by God should be holistically trained in theology and leadership for effective church ministry and church growth. However, lack of proper leadership training poses a huge challenge to evangelical churches in Uganda. The traditional theological educational system in Uganda is too academic, paying too little attention to practical relevance; to pastoral ministry, mission and spiritual formation. In addition, the weak relationship of many Pentecostal leaders with theological training in Uganda has led to dead intellectualism and heresy upon heresy. As such these church leaders do not address the felt needs of the church correctly. This study commences by noting the limitations of leadership training models of ministers, and the lack of theological and leadership training, especially among many Pentecostal pastors in Uganda. It is divided into three phases. The first phase focuses on basic-theoretical principles, the second on meta-theoretical guidelines and empirical findings and the third phase focuses on critical-hermeneutical interaction between the basis-theoretical principles and the meta-theoretical guidelines. The purpose of the basis-theoretical perspectives was to explore the role played by different categories of leaders in the Bible: visionary, administrative and shepherding leaders, and to research early church fathers and other historical church leadership. Visionary leadership functioned as change agents: brought change in the church, and new life in the people of God. Administrative leadership performed the task of governance and guidance: teaching, discipline, conflict resolution and the management of resources. Shepherd-servant leadership cared for the daily needs of church family; not only the spiritually weak, but also physical sick and the needy. The autocratic leaders ruled over others and democratic leaders shared responsibilities. In the meta-theoretical perspectives a literature study was conducted of recent research in Sociology on the challenges encountered by visionary, administrative and shepherding leaders in Uganda and approaches to each. An empirical study consisting of the quantitative interviews with a selected group of Uganda evangelical leaders was also carried out to establish the challenges and approaches to these challenges. A practice- theoretical perspective offers some guiding principles to the evangelical leadership for effective church ministry and church growth.
- Theology