Jesus' use of authority as a model for Christian leaders
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Authority in the Anglican church of Uganda is one of the major contemporary challenges the church is facing. There has been a drastic change among the Ugandan society, which has also affected the ministry of the church. The first missionaries to Uganda came from the Church Missionary Society on the invitation of the king of Buganda. Therefore the first converts in Uganda were mainly the king's pages (servants) and chiefs. In the same way, the first Ugandan church leaders were the retired chiefs from the king's palace. They joined the ministry with a managerial concept, authoritarian and "bosses" mentality, since they were chiefs in the king's palace. This use of authority became a legacy, which is no longer appealing to the present-day people of Uganda.
The goal of this study is to understand the foundations of authority and how best they can be applied in the Anglican church of Uganda, specifically the Mukono diocese. Jesus' use of authority can provide a basis for transforming church managers or church "bosses" into spiritually mature leaders. One of the indicatives of spiritual maturity is the use of authority. This paper will also research servanthood principles of leadership, which seems to be more suitable in the ministry as compared to autocratic leadership.
This thesis is divided into four chapters and a conclusion.
Chapter one gives us a New Testament concept of authority. Here is the discussion of some biblical terms whence the word authority derives. This is mainly to do with the foundations and defining of authority right from the word of God.
Chapter two discusses Jesus' demonstration of authority in his ministry. He is the founder of the church and therefore worthy of imitating. Jesus is the greatest leader who ever existed, and the best model for leadership.
Chapter three discusses the histo1ical facts in regards to the use of authority in the Anglican church of Uganda. The social, cultural, political and religious changes in Uganda are discussed in this chapter.
Chapter four is about the practical ways of proposing a new direction. These are suggestions as to how the church of Uganda can counteract these challenges and the most likely way to implement these findings. This study is an out come of what I have seen, heard and touched since I'm a clergy man also, holding a leadership position. The brief conclusion is an emphasis on the key suggestions but also to highlight the most sensitive areas of the thesis. Mukono diocese is the sample area but Mukono Cathedral will be a sample Parish for the implementations of the study.