Public Theology and Leadership Rudiments in African Christianity: The Expectations and Deficiencies in Ghana

Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.9 No.9 September 2023 Issue  Article 2  pp. 429-443
DOI : |   Published online 15th  September, 2023.
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The article discusses the role of Public Theology in the provision of the required theological insights relevant for leadership development in Ghana. It holds a position that the conscious integration of theological principles into leadership rudiments will contribute to the nurturing of the leaders needed for national development and church growth in Ghana. The nation and the church require effective and ethical leadership to achieve its goals, aspirations and expectations. The church is identified as a key leadership formation agency in Ghana not only for its community but the nation as a whole. Churches often provide platforms and opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership skills and contribute to the church community and society at large. The church provides teachings and guidance based on biblical principles that emphasize servant leadership, integrity, humility, accountability and the responsibility of leaders to serve and care for others. These teachings inspire and shape the understanding of leadership among church members. As individuals are given the opportunity to share sermons, lead Bible studies and facilitate small groups, they enhance their ability to communicate effectively and inspire others. These experiences contribute to the development of leadership qualities such as confidence, articulation and the ability to motivate and guide others. The study recommends that Public Theology that provides theological insights must be integrated into leadership development initiatives in Ghana. Aspiring leaders must be equipped with a strong ethical foundation, a commitment to social justice and the skills necessary for transformative leadership. This approach will create a generation of leaders who are not only competent but also conscious of their responsibility to serve the common good and promote positive change in Ghanaian society.

Keywords: Public Theology, African Christianity, Christian Leadership

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Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (PhD) is Senior Lecturer in African Christianity at the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana.

Opuni-Frimpong, Kwabena. “Public Theology and Leadership Rudiments in African Christianity: The Expectations and Deficiencies in Ghana, “ E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 9 no.9 (2023): 429-443.

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