Chaplain Resilient Leaders – CHPL 645

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/31/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 the Course Overview. 

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. There will be four Discussions throughout this course. The student will provide an initial topic thread of 400 words, demonstrating course-related knowledge. The student will collaborate and converse with another student by replying to someone's initial topic thread. Each reply must be at least 200 words in length. (MLOs: A, B, C, E).

Book Review Assignments (3)

As a scholar-student, it is vital to interact with the works of like-minded ministerial practitioners. The student will critique and apply three textbooks:  Resilient Warriors, Jesus-Driven Ministry, and The Quest for Wellness. These reviews will be 900 words in length and comply with current Turabian format. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E).

Resiliency Reflection Paper Assignment

It is imperative to have a biblical foundation for resilient ministry. Through the hermeneutical lens of 1 Timothy 4:6-11, the student will write a 5-6 page paper, detailing ministerial resiliency in two major headings/themes: 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. (MLOs: A, D, E).

Theology of Gospel-Centered Ministry Paper Assignment

Challenges require a perceptual review of ministerial practices. Chaplaincy must remain Gospel-centric in serving others. The student will detail their "Theology of Gospel-Centered Ministry" through a 5-6 page paper. The following sections must be included: Defining the Gospel, Remaining 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. (MLOs: A, D, E). 

Theology of Suffering Paper Assignment

Experience and Scripture reveal examples of godly, Christian suffering. The student will write a 5-6 page paper detailing 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 Assignment

Christian history provides innumerable accounts of the faithful persevering and rebounding from the most difficult of situations. In 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. (MLOs: B, C, E).