Matthew wrote in a style consistent with Greek rhetoric of his day, using rhetorical tools familiar to his readers. This paper examines four of Matthew’s culturally relevant rhetorical tools plus Matthew’s record of Jesus’ final commission of His disciples.
From that examination, this paper offers five principles relevant to biblical leadership succession:
Extracting from Matthew’s use of an encomium to establish an overarching theme of honor in Christ’s leadership, this paper argues that honor overarches leadership today for all organizational leaders, including but not limited to religious, business, government, or education.
With leadership honor in mind, the above five biblical principles suggest five Christian ethical responses applicable to any organizational leadership succession:
Matthew frames leadership succession as a critical deliverable for all organizations. If followed, it may provide a plum line to evaluate leadership and leadership activities. Matthew’s picture may assure a smoother continuity for organizations during times of transition and chaos. The question all leaders need to answer is, “Am I going to be an honorable leader?”
This article only touches the surface of the potential lessons available from Matthew’s Gospel on leadership succession. An excellent research project would be to discover a leadership development strategy out of the actual leadership activities Jesus used in His development of His disciples.
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