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Encounter, Fall 2004
(Vol. 1, No. 2)


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“Is Christian Leadership Unique?” by Earl Creps, Ph.D., D.Min.

A provocative probing of the question, “what is it that believers uniquely bring to the leadership table?”

Message from the President  

“The Way I See It” by Byron D. Klaus, D.Min.

Christian leadership requires not only knowledge and skill but also connectedness to the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ.

Feature Articles

“Servant Leadership” by Jay Taylor, D.Min.

A biblical study of servanthood intended to clarify the meaning of “servant leadership” for application to the Church today.

“The Leadership Style of Jesus: A Case Study in Apostolic Leadership,” by Joseph L. Castleberry, Ed.D.

An examination of Jesus’ leadership style from the vantage point of French and Raven’s analysis of social power with a view to the repeatability of that style for twenty-first century ministers.

“The Current Flux of Leadership and Emergent Church Models in the USA and their Transmission Globally,” by Byron D. Klaus, D.Min.

An essay first presented at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies World Missions Briefing in May 2004 that traces a path to missional leadership through the divergent, self-serving patterns of contemporary leadership studies and practices.

“Making Meetings Work: Simple Guidelines for Solid Gains,” by Lori S. O’Dea, D.Min.

Practical suggestions for retooling meetings that provide the connectivity, synergy, and effective decision-making necessary for momentum in ministry.

“Assemblies of God Higher Educational Institutions: A Means to Develop the Indigenous Church Model among Native Americans,” by Joseph J. Saggio, Ed.D.

A study of successful indigenous leadership models inculcated among Native Americans in Assemblies of God educational institutions that suggest applicability to various multi-cultural mission settings.

“The Church as a Transformational Agent in Society: The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-27,” by James D. Hernando, Ph.D.

An examination of a shocking parable that heroically depicts a despised minority person as a shining example of God’s love and thereby informs today’s Christians as to the essence of authentic social transformation.

“Biblical-Theological Foundations for Organic Spirituality: A More Specific Description—Part Two,” by Randy C. Walls, D.Min.

The second installment of Randy Walls’ exposition of the work of the Holy Spirit in effecting authentic spirituality in Christian persons.

“Additional Sources for the Pastor’s Library—and Beyond,” by Benny C. Aker, Ph.D.

A recommendation of further biblical and theological resources for the minister and Christian worker that augments Benny Aker’s earlier guide to Pentecostal and Charismatic literature.

Book Reviews

Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). 270 pages. Reviewed by Warren B. Newberry, D.Th., Visiting Professor of Missions, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Lencioni, Patrick. Death by Meeting (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004). ix + 260 pages. Reviewed by Lori S. O'Dea, D.Min. Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

McNeal, Reggie. The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (San Francisco, Calif.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003). 149 pages. Reviewed by Randy C. Walls, D.Min., Director of Continuing Education, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Provan, Iain. V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III, A Biblical History of Israel (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003). 424 pages. Reviewed by Bob Caldwell, Ph.D. Student at Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Tabb, Mark. Mission to Oz: Reaching Postmoderns Without Losing Your Way (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing, 2004). 153 pages. Reviewed by Randy C. Walls, D.Min. Director of Continuing Education, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

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