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ISBN: 9781783682102
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 14
Publication Date: 14/11/2016
Pages: 258
Language: English

Competencies for Leading in Diversity

A Case Study of National Evangelical Associations in Africa


The patriarchal approach to leadership in the African context is indeed an enigma, judging from the unpredictable outcomes and the quest for effective leadership. In many ways, the secularized big-man in the public square is no different from the sacralised great-man of God in the church. The Lord Jesus Christ calls his followers to servant leadership. The secular world has also established the efficacy of the servant leadership approach for cutting-edge leadership. This book looks at the nature of evangelical associations in their diversity and what it takes for leaders to build unity and harmony for effectiveness, especially in the African context.

Author Bios

Aiah Dorkuh Foday-Khabenje

AIAH D. FODAY-KHABENJE holds a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary, USA, an MA from Wesley Biblical Seminary, USA, a BSc and MBA from the University of Sierra Leone, and is a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO). Currently, he is the General Secretary/CEO of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa. Previously, Dr Foday-Khabenje served as a dispensing optician at Lunsar Baptist Eye Hospital, Senior Administrative Assistant in the University of Sierra Leone and General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone. He was also elected for two consecutive terms as chairman of the humanitarian community in Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SLANGO) until his current appointment.


I am delighted to recommend this important book! While many good books on leadership exist, there is almost nothing dealing with leadership of associations. This is a critical read for anyone involved in leadership within associations, or who wants to probe deeper into leadership and power within the African context!

Gregg A. Okesson, PhD
Dean, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism,
Professor of Leadership and Development,
Asbury Theological Seminary

[M]y own conviction is that the competencies valued by leaders of Evangelical Alliances in Africa are so thoroughly biblical that, with a little thought, they are transferable to any organization of any kind anywhere in the world. I warmly endorse this very helpful book.

Gordon Showell-Rogers
Former Associate Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance

The competencies identified for leading evangelical associations will be of value to all leadership. This work is heartily recommended for all in the business of leadership development in Africa.

Rev Mario Li Hing, PhD
Regional President for the Indian Ocean Islands,
Movement for African National Initiatives
Chairman of the Executive Board, Association of Evangelicals in Africa

Competencies for Leading in Diversity is a masterpiece in the area of organizational leadership, especially church-related organizations. Rev Foday-Khabenje carefully draws the line between the competencies of a pastor whose role requires contact with people from all walks of life, and the role of a Christian organization leader who along with the characteristics of a pastor, has the role of presentation of the voice and image of the church to the society, which requires additional competencies above those of a pastor. I highly recommend this work for people interested in understanding organizational leadership competencies.

Sammy Linge, PhD
Director, Africa Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), Kenya

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. List of Figures
  4. List of Tables
  5. List of Abbreviations
  6. Chapter 1
    1. Introduction
      1. Purpose
      2. Research Questions
      3. Definition of Terms
      4. Ministry Project
      5. Context
      6. Methodology
      7. Theological and Biblical Foundation
      8. Overview
  7. Chapter 2
    1. Literature
      1. Introduction
      2. Background to Ecumenism
      3. Ecumenism in Africa
      4. Leading NEA
      5. Theories of Leadership
      6. Styles of Leadership
      7. Leadership in the African Context
      8. Leadership Competencies
      9. Association Leadership Best Practice
      10. Leadership Dynamics in African NEAs
      11. Design of the Study
      12. Summary
  8. Chapter 3
    1. Methodology
      1. Problem and Purpose
      2. Research Questions
      3. Population and Participants
      4. Data Collection
      5. Data Analysis
      6. Ethical Procedures
  9. Chapter 4
    1. Findings
      1. Problem and Purpose
      2. Participants
      3. Research Question #1
      4. Research Question #2
      5. Research Question #3
      6. Summary of Major Findings
  10. Chapter 5
    1. Discussion
      1. Major Findings
      2. Implications of the Findings
      3. Limitations of the Study
      4. Unexpected Observations
      5. Recommendations
      6. Postscript
  11. Appendix A
    1. AEA Regions: Article IX of AEA Constitution
  12. Appendix B
    1. Request for Approval from AEA to Conduct Research
  13. Appendix C
    1. Consent Form for AEA Regional Presidents’ Participation
  14. Appendix D
    1. Consent Form for General Secretaries’ Participation
  15. Appendix E
    1. Questionnaire to Be Completed by AEA Regional Presidents
  16. Appendix F
    1. Job Description: Secretary General and Chief Excutive Officer of WEA
  17. Appendix G
    1. Job Description: General Secretary of AEA
  18. Appendix H
    1. General Secretaries’ Ranking and Self-Assessed Proficiency Levels of Competencies Instruments
  19. Bibliography

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