Date of Publication

9-2021

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Applied Theology

Subject Categories

Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Theology and Religious Education

Thesis Advisor

Agnes M. Brazal

Defense Panel Chair

Lysander P. Rivera

Defense Panel Member

Willard Enrique R. Macaraan
Ma. Marilou S. Ibita

Abstract/Summary

The main purpose of this study was to inquire whether Robert Greenleaf’s concept of servant leadership can enrich the Catholic perspective on leadership within a servant church. We approached this question by doing a discourse analysis of servant leadership both in the Catholic and the Quaker-Greenleaf traditions.

Our comparison yielded the following observations: 1) the Church has no operating structural model to function as a servant institution; and 2) the Church suffers from the disadvantages of hierarchical power even if governed by a hierarchical authority (in the context of service).

On this basis, the paper proposes a critical appropriation of Greenleaf’s primus inter pares organizational model for servant institutions to the Church’s leadership structures at the universal, regional, national, diocesan, and parish levels. The study also demonstrates how a primus inter pares servant structure finds its equivalence in a collegial and truly synodal Church.

Abstract Format

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Language

English

Format

Electronic

Physical Description

v, 223 leaves

Keywords

Christian leadership; Servant leadership—Religious aspects—Catholic Church; Greenleaf, Robert K.

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9-15-2022

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