This article explores how Jimmy Swaggart fits the profile of a Spirit-empowered leader. It summarizes Swaggart’s life and ministry, focusing on his calling, role as a defender of the faith, moral failure, and demise. The article then reflects on Swaggart’s story within the context of Spirit-empowered leadership, exploring how Swaggart fits Lee Roy Martin’s paradigm of a prophetic preacher while demonstrating various negative leadership traits. Stuck between the convictions of his calling and his weaknesses, Swaggart appears as a conflicted individual not immune from making serious errors. The article discusses this aspect of Swaggart’s life to consider how his story contributes to Spirit-empowered leadership.
McBain, Robert D.
"Jimmy Swaggart: The Conflict between Spirit-empowerment and Human Weakness,"
Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology: Vol. 7:
2, Article 9.
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