A Philosophy of Disciple-Centered Leadership

From: Volume 14, Issue 2: Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry Pages 270-284


Disciple-centered leadership is a philosophical approach to ministry training based on the idea that disciples possess assets that are critical to the teaching-learning relationship. After defining the construct, this article proceeds to relate it to the educational literature on learner-centered leadership. Paulo Freire’s work and Roland Allen’s work are then examined from an inter-disciplinary perspective in order to discuss key ideas relevant to disciple-centered leadership. The article concludes by examining this philosophy in light of the equipping responsibility of ministry leaders.

Key words: disciple-centered leadership, student-centered learning, teaching and learning, educational
ministry, ministry leadership, pastoral leadership



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