Original Research

Intercultural missional leadership: Theological foundation and biblical narratives

Seung M. Hah
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5211 | © 2019 Seung Maan Hah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 August 2018 | Published: 11 April 2019

About the author(s)

Seung M. Hah, Department of General Education, Kosin University, Busan, Republic of Korea; and, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Korea, Republic of


This article explores the concept and practice of the missional leadership from three perspectives: the biblical worldview, cultural mandate and narratives of biblical examples. The research explores two elements of missional leadership, which is comparable to the leadership theory as it delves into the concept of ‘missional’. This research also unearths understanding the relationship between missional leadership in intercultural environments to the biblical worldview that is based on biblical theology. Furthermore, the exploration seeks to find a relationship between the intercultural missional leadership and the cultural mandate endowed by the triune God to mankind as God’s image. In addition, the research also carefully looks into the following biblical models that exemplify intercultural missional leadership: Moses, Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. Narratives of the Bible show that God reveals his leadership through his providence to accomplish his goal according to his pleasing will, as God is the only resource to intercultural missional leadership. This study seeks to demonstrate how missional leadership in missiology coincides with theological common concepts of the biblical worldview and the cultural mandate in the biblical theology, which will be exemplified through biblical narratives. Both have the same goal to accomplish God’s kingdom according to the timeline of the historical phases in biblical worldview: creation, fall, redemption and restoration. It investigates present-time applicable principles through three biblical narratives, providing a reasonable basis of correlation between culture and the gospel.



Intercultural; Missional; Leadership; Biblical Worldview; Cultural Mandate


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