School of Religion
Religion: Pastoral Ministries
Primary Subject Area
Wilderness Experience, Leadership, Trial
Biblical Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Philosophy of Mind | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Dickson, Jeffrey R., "Deserts of Development: How God Shapes Leaders in the Wilderness" (2010). Senior Honors Theses. 114.
A wilderness experience in the life of a believer is often a tool used by God to shape him for some leadership position or specific calling. While the desert one is thrust into may be physical in nature or purely psychological, wilderness experiences share common characteristics and yet yield an array of differentiating results for those who travel through them. In order to examine how God shapes leaders in the wilderness, three case studies reveal how the individuals in each case grew in the leadership skills necessary for them to carry out their calling.