Modern Believing

The Value of Ubuntu as a Framework for Leadership in Christian Ministry

Modern Believing (2021), 62, (4), 368–377.


In every moment of crisis, including the Covid pandemic, good leadership is essential for the survival of organisations. This is as true for the Church as it is for political and business organisations. Most of the leadership theories adopted by all these organisations are developed in the West. My article offers an alternative. I argue that African Ubuntu philosophy has the potential to become a ‘glocal’ phenomenon, one that contributes significantly to the practice of Christian leadership. I develop the meaning of Ubuntu, discuss values according to the Collective Fingers Theory, and suggest how they can be applied to leadership within a Christian context.

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Ngangira, Fungai Cathrine