Chaplain Resilient Leaders – CHPL 645

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

Course Description

This course will examine in depth a biblical model for resiliency and resilient spiritual leadership for chaplains, introducing key characteristics and competencies which allow chaplain leaders to be resilient and set the conditions for successful performance, to lead through inevitable crises along the way, and to help individuals and organizations rebound from downturns to a brighter future. The course also addresses how resilient leaders stand the test of time, avoiding burnout and establishing essential disciplines of replenishment. On Campus Intensive Only.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course will prepare chaplain leaders to embrace the challenges of unique ministry experiences, enhancing personal spiritual fitness and exercise skills to meet the demands of changing environments. This will be done through selected disciplines of personal and professional ministerial practice, which will allow the chaplain to address his/her holistic preparation and provide the highest level of leadership to organizations and their personnel.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Prepare a personal, introspective resilient leadership plan which provides assessment and refinement of comprehensive personal wellness (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational) and personal self-care (including disciplines of replenishment).
  2. Explain the foundational concepts relating to resilient leadership (i.e. comprehensive leader fitness, personal holiness and discipline, the foundational character traits for long term leadership success, and leader self-care.)
  3. Identify key means and useful techniques for a leader to set conditions for successful performance in individual followers and organizations, along with suffering relevant to the challenges facing chaplains, pastoral leaders and their followers.
  4. Articulate a biblical theology of Gospel-centered ministry amidst the challenges of pluralism and ecumenism in the worldwide marketplace and synthesize approaches to dealing with chaplaincy challenges using current scholarly standards and practices along with course materials, theories, assumptions, and issues.
  5. Display an interactive knowledge and practical applications of all textbooks through book reviews and work with other classmates to facilitate discussion of the bi-weekly subject through discussion boards.

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 Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. There will be four Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide an initial thread in response to the provided topic for the forum. Each initial thread is to be at least 300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to one other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 50 words in length. (Outcomes: A, B, C, E).

Book Reviews (3)

The student will select three of the textbooks and complete a book review for each. These reviews will be 900 words in length. Current Turabian format must be used. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E).

Resiliency Reflection Paper

In a typewritten, double-spaced Turabian style paper, following the given format of 5-6 pages, students will detail their understanding of resiliency through the hermeneutical lens for 1 Timothy 4:6-11. The paper should include the sections of description and prescription. Description engages the hermeneutical/exegesis of passage; prescription engages the personal implementation/application of the passage. The student should cite 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, D, E).

Theology of Gospel-Centered Ministry Paper

In a typewritten, double-spaced Turabian style paper, following the given format of 5-6 pages, students will detail their "Theology of Gospel-Centered Ministry." The following sections must be included: Defining the Gospel, Remaning Gospel-Focused, Pluralistic/Ecumenical Challenges to the Gospel, and the Reward for Gospel Faithfulness. The student should cite 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, D, E).

Theology of Suffering Paper

In a typewritten, double-spaced Turabian style paper, following the given format of 5-6 pages, students will detail their "Theology of Suffering." The following sections must be included: The Reality of Evil, Biblical Foundations and Role Models of Suffering, Common Misconceptions Regarding Suffering, and How to Lead and Minister to Others in Pain. The student should cite 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, E).

Theology of Personal Resiliency Paper

In a typewritten, double-spaced Turabian style paper, following the given format of 5-6 pages, students will detail their "Theology of Personal Resiliency." This research should include the following sections: The Reality of Tribulation, The Necessity for Resilience, Biblical Foundations for Resilience, Biblical Role Models of Resilient Leaders and Caregivers. Include a personalized plan that includes how the student as a person and leader will prepare themselves for resiliency in their own leadership endeavors. The student should cite 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: B, C, E).