Original Research - Special Collection: Christian Leadership

Lifestyle and leadership according to Paul’s statement of account before the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:17–35

Christoph W. Stenschke
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 2 | a5901 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i2.5901 | © 2020 Christoph W. Stenschke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 November 2019 | Published: 11 June 2020

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Christoph W. Stenschke, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria; Department of New Testament; Biblisch-Theologische Akademie, Forum Wiedenest, Bergneustadt Gesellschaft für Bildung und Forschung in Europa, Gummersbach, South Africa

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In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul provides examples of leadership and displays significant leadership skills. In the speech to church leaders from Ephesus in Acts 20, he is presented as giving an account of his approach, detailing all the challenges involved. This article analyses how the Paul of Acts understood his own leadership role, in particular, the need for integrity, emotional involvement in the process and ceaseless effort. The article also examines Paul’s emphasis on the necessity for leaders to exemplify or embody in a perceptible way the values which they convey to others and demand of them.


Paul; Acts of the Apostles; Miletus speech; Leadership; Lifestyle; Personal integrity


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