“WEIRD” Psychology and Christian Leadership


  • David Lewis Social Anthropologist


The great variation between cultures makes it unlikely that ‘one size fits all’ when stipulating the qualities required of Christian leaders, including missionaries. Some attempts to define the character traits and skills needed by movement catalysts or other types of leaders have been based on psychological criteria formulated in Western cultures that may not be appropriate for non-Western cultures. Instead of using secular psychological criteria, it is better to use the qualities and lifestyle characteristics advocated in the New Testament.

Author Biography

David Lewis, Social Anthropologist

Online and in-person teaching and training seminars on cross-cultural awareness and contextualization; Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Researcher