Christ, Trust, and the Twelve Disciples: The Roles of Cognitive and Affective Trust through Tuckman’s Four Stages of Group Development

  • Joseph Kuvshinikov


Followers’ trust can build the leader’s influence and the followers’ trust in the leader’s mission. Cognitive (based on perceptions of ability and predictability) and affective (based on perceptions of benevolence and integrity) trust between Christ and His twelve disciples enabled movement to group performance and acceptance of Him as Savior and His Great Commission. The disciples began with knowledge-driven cognitive trust and transitioned to experience-driven affective trust. Tuckman’s model may be used to assess group development.