Small Group Leaders and the Betterment of the Family

  • Stuart W. Boyer
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


The chapter focuses on the organization as an honest, loving, trusting family embracing cohesiveness and unity. This chapter highlights reasons why small group’s leaders essentially provide toward the betterment of the family. Due to positive relationship of trust within organizations, trust remains an essential goal for the organizational leader. This section reveals aspects of leadership theory, including Authentic Leadership theory (AL) Spiritual Leadership Theory (SL) and Ethical leadership theories, connecting the necessity of trusting leader/follower relationships. A recent consultation and organizational diagnosis of an ecclesial organization experiencing challenges in cross-cultural communication and leadership provides examples of the betterment of the organization and individuals embracing cohesiveness and unity. This likewise provides insights from a theological perspective on leadership toward the proposal for the leader(s) of the organization.


Authentic leadership Spiritual leadership Ethical leadership Cohesiveness Unity Family Body Trust 


  1. Avolio, B. J., & Gardner, W. L. (2005, June). Authentic Leadership Development: Getting to the Root of Positive Forms of Leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 16(3), 315–338. ISSN 1048-9843. ( Scholar
  2. Avolio, B., Gardner, W. L., Walumbwa, F., Luthans, F., & May, D. R. (2004). Unlocking the Mask: A Look at the Process by Which Authentic Leaders Impact Follower Attitudes and Behaviors. The Leadership Quarterly, 15(6), 801–823.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Barentsen, J. (2011). Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Ephesus. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.Google Scholar
  4. Benefiel, M. (2005). The Second Half of the Journey: Spiritual Leadership for Organizational Transformation. The Leadership Quarterly, 16(5), 723–747.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Dent, E., Higgins, M., & Wharff, D. (2005). Spirituality and Leadership: An Empirical Review of Definitions, Distinctions, and Embedded Assumptions. The Leadership Quarterly, 16, 625–653.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Erickson, M. J. (1998). Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.Google Scholar
  7. Fry, L. W. (2003). Toward a Theory of Spiritual Leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 14(6), 693–727.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Hatch, M. J., & Cunliffe, A. L. (2006). Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Howard, S. (2002). A Spiritual Perspective on Learning in the Workplace. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 17(3), 230–242.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Hunter, Emily M., Neubert, Mitchell J., Perry, Sara Jansen, Witt, L. A., Penney, Lisa M., & Weinberger, Evan. (2013, April). Servant Leaders Inspire Servant Followers: Antecedents and Outcomes for Employees and the Organization. The Leadership Quarterly, 24(2), 316–331. ISSN 1048-9843. ( Scholar
  11. Ivancevich, J., & Konopaske, R. (2010). Organizational Behavior (9th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
  12. Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.Google Scholar
  13. Kriger, M., & Seng, Y. (2005). Leadership with Inner Meaning: A Contingency Theory of Leadership based on the Worldviews of Five Religions. The Leadership Quarterly, 16(5), 771–806. Scholar
  14. Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (Electronic ed. of the 2nd ed., Vol. 1). New York: United Bible Societies.Google Scholar
  15. Mitroff, I., & Denton, E. (1999). A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  16. Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and Practice (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.Google Scholar
  17. Osborne, G. R. (2004). Romans: The IVP New Testament Commentary Series. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.Google Scholar
  18. Raccah, W. (2016). Sociology and the Old Testament. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, …, W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.Google Scholar
  19. Taylor, W. F. J. (1992). Unity/Unity of Humanity. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Vol. 6). New York: Doubleday.Google Scholar
  20. Walumbwa, F. O., Avolio, B. J., Gardner, W. L., Wernsing, T. S., & Peterson, S. J. (2008). Authentic Leadership: Development and Validation of a Theory-Based Measure. Journal of Management, 34(1), 89–126.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Yukl, G. (2013). Leadership in Organizations (8th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. Google Scholar
  22. Zodhiates, S. (2000). The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart W. Boyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Horizon UniversityIndianapolis, InUSA

Personalised recommendations