Resources on “Biblical Leadership”? Help!

I am doing some research on “Scriptural Models of Leadership” for a course and I discovered something unfortunate. There tends to be two kinds of written resources on this subject. Either you have proof-text-laden iso-getical popular fluff, or you find very specific material on one verse or Biblical figure.

What would you recommend a pastor read on the subject of “Biblical Leadership”?

There are only a handful of books on Biblical leadership that didn’t make my stomach churn. For the OT, I would recommend,

Laniak, T. Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible (IVP, 2006)

Parks, L. and B.C. Birch, Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership (Abingdon, 2004).

Stevens, M.E. Leadership Roles of the Old Testament: King, Prophet, Priest, Sage (Wipf & Stock, 2012).

For NT:

Ascough, R. and C.A. Cotton, Passionate Visionary: Leadership Lessons from the Apostle Paul (Hendrickson, 2006).

Clarke, A.D. Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (Eerdmans, 2000)

Agosto, E. Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul (Chalice, 2005).

Tidball, D. Ministry by the Book: New Testament Patterns for Pastoral Leadership (IVP, 2009).

A good pan-Scriptural study is D. Howell’s Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership (Wipf & Stock, 2003).

What did I miss?

While the above studies are all fine and good, this is a real need  – pastors could read loads of “leadership books,” but very few of the popular ones are based on a close reading of Scripture. I would appreciate your recommendations on this subject.


12 thoughts on “Resources on “Biblical Leadership”? Help!

  1. Some works that come to mind:

    Andrew Clarke – A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership (T&T Clark, 2008)

    Paul Beasley-Murray – “Paul as Pastor” in Dictionary of Paul and his Letters

    Joseph H. Hellerman – Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today (Kregel, forthcoming on July 1) (I read the pre-release version in his class and thought it was great! It picks up on his Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi monograph and brings the material down to an accessible level.)

  2. Nijay:

    I haven’t read this, but it has caught my eye on more than one occasion. I know that Donald Hagner was involvled so it must be good!

  3. Not sure it fits what you are looking for but I find Will Willimon’s “Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry” to be helpful.

  4. Rob Walls and a colleague in ministry have a good book on 1-2 Timothy:

    Called to Lead: Paul’s Letters to Timothy for a New Day

    Also, James W. Thompson, Pastoral Ministry According to Paul: A Biblical Vision (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006); 978-0801031090

    1. Thanks, Mike. I forgot about Thompson – I remembering reading that ans enjoying it very much. So many options related to Paul, but not many (academic) books on Jesus. Why is that? Do scholars not think Jesus was a model of a leader?

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