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The Word of the Cross: Mission, Power, and the Theology of Leadership

Jennifer Strawbridge

The 2003 report by the Episcopal Church Foundation, The Search for Coherence, concludes that The Episcopal Church lacks a theology of leadership. This statement is true, however, only to the extent that the Episcopal Church has forgotten the theology of leadership that Scripture and its tradition contain. This paper focuses on two representative writings to seek out the basis for a theology of leadership: the Pauline corpus and the medieval ecclesiastical texts of Gregory the Great. Furthermore, based upon the writings of these two leaders, this paper proposes that a theology of leadership must have as its foundation a theological understanding of mission and of power. The challenge to the Episcopal Church is not to discover a coherent theology of leadership, but to reclaim and proclaim the leadership that already exists in its midst.

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