DR. LOUISE KRETZSCHMAR
University of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
Louise Kretzschmar currently works as Professor of Theological Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology in University of South Africa where she has been employed since 1991. Kretzschmar does research in Applied Ethics, Christian Ethics, Spirituality and Leadership. Kretzschmar was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Transkei from 1983-1990. She has received several Cheshunt Awards from Westminster College, University of Cambridge, U. K. She previously served as the Vice Chairperson of the Commission on Christian Ethics of the Baptist World Alliance.
Fields of academic interests includes The interface between Christian Ethics and the fields of Spirituality and Leadership and the interrelationship between moral and spiritual formation; Christian ethics, Christian spirituality and Christian leadership; Social ethics; Women, society and Church; Trans-disciplinary research in Applied Ethics that combines Philosophical, Theological and Human Science approaches, especially with reference to (South) African socio-political and ecclesiastical contexts. Kretzschmar is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher in South Africa since 2003
A THEOLOGICAL-ETHICAL ANALYSIS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHETIC LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP
Authentic prophetic leadership is defined by drawing on biblical teaching on prophecy, including Jesus’ critique of the teachers of the law and the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-39, and theological insights on prophetic witness. Some historical and contemporary examples of prophets are also provided. Rather than focusing on self-gratification and short-term results, sustainable leadership requires a sound perception of reality, along with trustworthiness, concern for others, justice and competence. The point is made that the role of the prophet is to speak truth to expose unfaithful, abusive and incompetent leadership. Because prophetic leadership exposes moral wrong-doing, it encourages the development of sustainable leadership. As the prophet seldom has the power to make the changes required, prophets need to be sustained by God and moral communities. Otherwise they may suffer from intense frustration, depression and burn-out.