Paul the Team Leader Strategic Planning, Intragroup Conflict, and Team Formation

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Jeff Singfiel


Applying exegetical analysis to ancient texts has become an accepted way of applying the experiences of historical figures to contemporary leadership challenges. This paper explores a brief experience in the life of the apostle Paul and his co-worker Barnabas in Acts 15:34-41 as they developed a plan, came into conflict with one another, and ultimately separated into newly constituted teams. An exegetical analysis using historical-grammatical and socio-rhetorical method is used to fix these events. Cultural and ideological textures help the reader understand that the complex first-century environment brought its own challenges to strategic planning, intragroup conflict, as well as team formation dynamics. This paper contributes to Christian leaders facing uncertain futures, especially those operating on teams.


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Singfiel, J. (2018). Paul the Team Leader. Theology of Leadership Journal, 1(1), 6-21. Retrieved from