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Keeping Watch: Lessons on Shepherd Leadership from Maasai Shepherd-pastors in Tanzania
by Beeman, Greg A., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 222; 10812987
Abstract (Summary)

The author suggests that a key metaphor in Scripture for leadership (shepherding) may, in significant ways, not be fully understood or appreciated by ministry practitioners in the increasingly urban and technologically-driven West, thus limiting its didactic and transformative potential. This study focused on the Maasai people group in Tanzania for their largely still-primitive shepherding culture. Twenty-one Maasai pastors consented to semi-structured interviews. Questions centered on their shepherd role, pastor role, and the relationship, if any, between the two, with the goal of exploring the ways in which the shepherd-pastors might illuminate the shepherd metaphor. Findings were organized primarily according to shepherd-pastor tasks and traits, and corresponding ministry recommendations were offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schepens, Bennett
Commitee: Chan, Frank, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy
Keywords: Leadership, Maasai, Metaphor, Pastor, Shepherd
Publication Number: 10812987
ISBN: 978-0-355-93943-9
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