Strategic Management Design

Identifying Jesus' Strategic Management Design

Drawing from the action steps in Matthew 28:16-20, we infer Jesus' strategic management design for His church - universally and forever. Christ's strategic design provides the basis of everything within a Christian organization. Christ's strategic design guides the values, vision, mission, purpose, and plan. Christ's design sets the standard upon which to judge what is important and what is not important. Christ's strategic design influences organizationally what is scheduled on the calendar, how they spend money, what is talked about, and what they pray about. Christ's strategic design provides for Him as leader.

In Jesus' Management Design, He holds authority over all

From the foundation of real and total authority, Jesus gave the disciples the action steps to follow to achieve His strategic management design. Through the use of the encomium, Matthew successful established Jesus' authority by presenting His life as one with perfect patron-client relations with His Father. In the context of Jesus' authority and Godhead, He assumes the patron or at times the mediator-broker role in the patron-client relations with His creation. Finally, Jesus clearly stated this first critical element in His strategic design; His absolute authority (Matthew 28:18). Jesus' authority is foundational for His strategic design; it established Jesus as the one true God (Malina and Rohrbaugh 168-169).

In Jesus' Management Design, He remains constantly involved

Unlike when Jesus sent the disciples out alone (Matthew 10), in the final picture of God's design, Jesus tells them He will always be with them. Jesus' management design is to never leave them to their own wits; He will be there in the midst of their struggles and suffering. With Christ as absolute authority and absolute power, Christ established permanent patron-client relations with His disciples through the embodiment of His Spirit in them. The embodiment of the Spirit in Jesus' disciples began at the festival of Pentecost, drastically changing and empowering the disciples to differ from others. The significant and exclusive element in this Spirit empowerment shows itself in the fruit of the Spirit seen in their lives (Wilkins, Following 274-275).

In Jesus' Management Design, His disciples' give total commitment

Jesus asked His disciples to make more disciples for Him; disciples who had counted the cost and understood the commitment to full allegiance to Him and to the family (Wilkins, Following 356). While the first century culture had many students or learners of different teachers, the connection for the disciples goes far beyond the typical learner. The unique aspect of making disciples for Jesus contrasted to other teachers making disciples. They were to exchange the securities of this world for a security in Him (356). The total commitment to Jesus established new parameters to honor-shame encounters. In Jesus' management design dyadic relations within the family of God became a central concern of honor; life became a matter of Christ's honor (Neyrey, Honor 227-228).

Jesus said make disciples

In Jesus' design, when He said "make disciples," He provided an image describe by Wilkins as an inclusion into a group of individuals with a love for God and a love for others with all their hearts, strength and mind (344). Christ's design includes lives in continuous learning through an entire lifetime about all Christ has revealed and commanded. Discipleship centered on the person of Jesus Christ; in an intimate personal relationship with the living Savior (355). The design includes making disciples as a continuous action. Jesus paints a word picture of a disciple going about the daily affairs of life, while including the process of making disciples within the activity of life. Jesus' design includes baptizing new disciples into a new family, the family of God (Malina, World 211). Jesus design includes teaching which results in growth in knowledge and greater obedience toward maturity in Christ (Gundry 7).

Jesus' Strategic Management Design Stated

Jesus' provides a strategic management design for His creation as follows: Organizationally, Christ's followers called disciples are the family of God (a family) in which Christ remains imbedded as sovereign leader. Jesus places on His disciples the task of making new disciples for Him. Jesus promises to stay deeply involved with His disciples in all aspects of the disciples' lives.


by Allen Quist

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