Servant Leadership – BUSI 502

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines the concept of servant leadership from the perspective of leadership theory and applied biblical integration. The course will impart the philosophy of servant leadership.




This course is part of both the M.A.M.L. and M.B.A. degree programs and is designed to prepare the student for effective leadership in his/her profession by introducing key aspects of servant leadership from research literature and from Scripture. The student will be challenged not only to understand the key ideas associated with servant leadership but also to apply those ideas to his/her own life and to differentiate between a biblical approach to servant leadership and a secular approach.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of servant leadership in theory and practice.
  2. Identify basic principles of servant leadership defined by various authors.
  3. Analyze servant leadership theories.
  4. Correlate servant leadership relationships with business constructs.
  5. Compare and contrast servant leadership with biblical principles.
  6. Identify core practical attributes of servant leadership.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the student will be assigned to a group for the Group Discussion Board Forums. In order to discuss the presentations, each group will be provided with a list of questions that must be answered. Each assigned question must be answered in a 350–400-word thread and discussed by each group member. Each group member will demonstrate meaningful interaction with 2 other members in replies of 200–250 words each. In addition to answering the assigned questions (and receiving an individual grade for it), each group will create a list of biblical criteria for servant leadership, which will then be used as part of the Biblical Integration paper.

Biblical Integration Project

Individual Paper

Each student in the group will first submit his/her own 750-word paper on the same topic. The paper requires citations in current APA format from the course reading, lecture presentations, and Scripture. The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Group Paper

Each group will then collaborate to create the larger paper. Each group will be required to present a 2,000–2,400-word assessment of servant leadership from a biblical perspective. The paper requires citations in current APA format from the course reading, lecture presentations, and Scripture. Each final paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Leadership Research Paper

This is an individual assignment. Each student will interview a servant leader of a large organization (NOTE: for the purpose of diversity, leaders from Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church are not eligible). The student will then write a 7–10-page research paper in current APA format with at least 15 outside scholarly sources as well as the required reading. The final paper will be submitted in SafeAssign.

Servant Leadership Journal

Each student will compose a journal by answering weekly assigned questions from the reading. Even though this assignment is due at the end of the course, it is highly recommended that the student works on it as he/she proceeds through the course.

Exams (3)

There are 3 open-book/open-note exams in this course. The exams will cover the textbook readings, Bible readings, and presentations. Each exam will have 25 multiple-choice questions and a 50-minute time limit.