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Triperspectival Leadership Diagram

Leon Chingcuangco distilled David & my talks at Vintage 21 down to a chart “Triperspectival Leadership – Fulfilling the Offices of Christ“. In it the offices of Prophet, Priest and King are contrasted to examine Characteristics, Positive Tendencies, Negative Tendencies, Eventual Outworking, Errors of Uni-Perspectival Leadership, Possible Idols and Reductionism. These are from the sessions Triperspectival Leadership & Prophet, Priest & King.

Download: Triperspectival Leadership Diagram (Updated 3/21 – adjusted subtitle and other corrections.)

NOTE: I created a new category for Triperspectivalism if you’d like to click this and find articles that discuss this topic further.


  1. Hey Drew, this is a great tool. Thanks so much!

    I had a post idea for you…it seems that many people are now thinking of three points for something and then calling it “triperspectival.” Could you talk about the difference between what’s truly meant by the term and just looking for things that come in three?

  2. This is really useful. Any chance the typos could be fixed?
    Top of the page: it says “Tri-perspctival”
    Bottom right: it says “redutcionism”

    (Does that makes me a King with nitpicker tendencies?!)

  3. Tim – I informed Leon of the typo’s yesterday. I’ll re-post when the corrections are made.

    Luke – Because these three views form an epistemological framework we should see all three in everything. Now, as to your point it doesn’t mean ‘rock, paper, scissors’ is triperspectival. So what I’d say is that something is triperspectival when it is one thing (eg. the gospel) that you view from the normative, existential and situational perspectives.

    eg. “Gospel”
    Normative: The TRUE story of all reality.
    Existential: Changes our identity by grace towards God.
    Situational: Calls us to live out in a new Kingdom reality.

    • Thanks, Jodi, for reminding us that in order for lreaeds to influence others, they need to have address what’s in it for the people they are trying to lead and explaining/defining their roles. Without providing that clarity, it’s much more challenging to influence others. Great tips!

  4. “reductionism” fixed.

  5. Drew,
    We’ve spent many hours discussing this concept and I agree that the chart is most helpful, but the subtitle troubles me. We DO NOT “fulfill the offices of Christ”. This is more than semantics as it is a major theological category (offices of Christ), and one that we should be careful about, especially as elders/pastors. Christ fulfilled the laws requirements as our perfect Prophet, Priest, and King. A better subtitle may be, “Imaging the…” as it suggests we are reflecting Christ, albeit dimly, in our role as elder/pastor, but never do we fulfill, because that suggests that Christ left something unfinished in his work. And I think we can all agree that when Christ cried out, “It is finished!,” he meant it.

  6. Brian, good point. I’ll let Leon know (who created the document). I’m glad we are in Christ as it relates to these offices since he is the only perfect one.

  7. David Fairchild

    March 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I agree. We do have to be very careful in not giving the impression explicitly or even implicitly that somehow more needs to be done to “fulfill” this office. I’ve seen too many well-meaning brothers use this language and not reflect on the deep and wondrous blessing that in Christ we are already (by nature of His fulfillment), prophets/priests/kings. We are called to express this already fulfilled office as Jesus works from His throne, through the Church, for the sake of the world, to the glory of God. We then become recipients of something accomplished rather than workers attempting to obtain what has already been fulfilled.

    Of course, this is our normative side kicking in, but it is important nonetheless.

    Drew, I think you’ve done a really good job when you speak on this to continually remind those in this conversation not to use this as some whip to beat people or some work to be done without first recognizing the office/work complete in Christ. We’ve learned the hard way that it is as important to say what it isn’t as it is to explain what it is.

  8. This is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you Drew for your faithfulness, vision and stewardship of the gospel! This is awesome and timely!

  9. Thanks,
    I’ve downloaded it and hope to spend some time with it soon. Great to stretch the mind & heart.

  10. David and Drew,

    Thanks very much for providing this tool -it’s terrific.

    You can’t imagine how impressed I am to come here to get it and to see the godly way you’ve responded to the criticisms, recognizing their merit and making the changes with such great humility.

    It’s very nice to gain utility and inspiration at the same time!


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