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'Butterfly-leadership' – Stories of hope for church leaders

J. C. Müller

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 23, No 3 (2002), 736-745. doi: 10.4102/ve.v23i3.1236

Submitted: 07 August 2002
Published:  07 August 2002


In a time of increasingly demanding pressures and expectations being experienced by Pastors, questions can be asked as to how do they as leaders keep their hopes alive. This article explores the stories of many of these pastors, listening for unique outcomes of hoping in often difficult and desperate circumstances. We conclude that the new styles of leadership, skills and organisational structures need to be developed so that leaders can become guardians of hope in a human and relaxed leadership style, which we call “butterfly-leadership”.

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J. C. Müller, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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