Call for Papers – Christian Business Review

Next Issue Theme: “Leadership”

CBR invites Christian scholars and practitioners to submit articles for publication in our next issue. The deadline for a first complete draft with a 300 word abstract is March 1, 2020.

The CBR serves to promote the implementation of biblical truth into leadership practice by showcasing experiences, research, and original thinking by Christian scholars and practitioners. In the upcoming issue, we invite authors to ruminate on the theme of “Leadership.

According to the writer of Proverbs, without a vision, the people perish, or they “cast off restraints” (29:18, according to ESV). Similarly, where there is no leadership, there is no vision. In a world of rapid innovation and technological turnover, business and organizational leadership cannot rely solely on managing/maintaining the status quo. Rather, modern leaders must envision a path in a dynamic marketplace.

In today’s complex marketplace, what is leadership that prepares businesses to solve dynamic problems and that meets the needs of the modern workforce? While a great wealth of scholarship has explored the depths of servant leadership, we accept as given that leaders—especially those who seek to model Christ in their lives—are to have a servant heart. But now what? What does our leadership thinking look like beyond servant leadership? How do leaders combine the timeless truths of leadership wisdom with modern—and future—realities to create value and live out biblical models of leadership for the second quarter of the 21st Century?

There are many inspiring examples of Christian business people who are identified as great leaders. In the unfolding, modern marketplace, what can we say that will help the next generation in leading their organizations, leading their employees, having leadership roles in the church, and leading in society and culture? Are there new challenges ahead for Christian leaders in business? Are there new models of Christian leadership that are most useful to business people in a world that is increasingly hostile to faith in the marketplace? In this context, authors may want to examine questions such as:

  • What are biblical models of leadership that best meet the needs of people and organizations in the 21st Century?
  • If “leadership development” does not work, what shall we be doing to build future leaders and develop guiding visions? [1]
  • What kinds of leadership traits would help Christian business leaders confront and triumph over the challenges and even hostilities toward the biblical worldview in the post-modern economy?
  • What are the “eternals”? That is, what are the eternal characteristics that define excellent leadership that is consistent with biblical values?
  • What are the “temporals”? That is, what are the leadership characteristics that have emerged—and are most successful—in the modern, dynamic marketplace?

If you are interested in contributing to the next issue of CBR, please refer to the “Publisher’s Guidelines” in the CBR website for detailed instructions. You are also welcome to write to us directly at cbr@hbu.edu.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Blessings,

The Editors
Christian Business Review


[1] See, for example, M. Beer, M. Finnstrom, & D. Schrader, “Why Leadership Training Fails, and What to do about it,” Harvard Business Review (Oct. 2016): 50-57; or P. Gurdjian, T. Halbeisen, & K. Lane, “Why Leadership-Development Programs Fail,” McKinsey Quarterly (Jan. 2014) (accessed https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/leadership/why-leadership-development-programs-fail).
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