JESUS’ AUTHORITY AND INFLUENCE IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN: TOWARDS A JOHANNINE MODEL OF LEADERSHIP

Cornelis Bennema

Abstract


This study examines Jesus’ authority and influence in the Gospel of John and shows that Jesus’ style of leadership is exemplary or prototypical rather than autocratic. Jesus’ programme is ‘to testify to the truth’, that is, to proclaim the divine reality to the world. He uses influence (education and personal example) rather than authority (commands) to urge his disciples to continue his programme, so that people may believe and partake in a life-giving relationship with the Father and Son. This leadership style would be useful for contemporary models of leadership.

Keywords


authority, Gospel of John, influence, leadership, personal example

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/115-0-1276

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