Chaplain Strategic Leadership – CHPL 820

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

Course Description

The course provides a study in chaplain strategic leadership, focusing on the authority and responsibility of the chaplain to lead prophetically with godly character, insight, and wisdom within secular and religious contexts. Special emphasis is placed on the chaplain’s position and opportunity to influence critical decisions and lives within military, healthcare, and community contexts.

Prerequisite

DMIN 810

Rationale

Senior chaplain positions necessitate analysis and application of personal qualities essential for effective chaplain leadership in religious, secular, and pluralistic settings. This course is designed to provide strategic chaplain leaders the ability to assess calling, character, competence, and relational intelligence, and to improve those qualities in themselves and those whom they lead.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate and defend the God-centered authority given to those called to chaplain ministry.
  2. Appraise the calling, character, competence, and connections essential for chaplain strategy leadership.
  3. Appraise the pluralistic environment in which chaplains are called to lead.
  4. Evaluate the strategic leadership of key biblical leaders within secular and religious contexts.
  5. Develop a strategic leadership plan for a specific chaplain context that demonstrates prophetic chaplain 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 Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be backed with scriptural insights and supporting textbook references. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and be backed with scriptural insights and supporting textbook references. Where applicable, references must be cited in current Turabian format.


Research Paper: Part 1

The student will write a 2,400–2,700-word research-based paper in current Turabian format. The paper must address the calling of Peter, from Jesus’ invitation to follow to Peter’s full submission to lead the church. It must integrate relative Scripture passages to demonstrate God’s progressive work in Peter’s life and calling to lead as well as integrate application and implications for chaplains called to lead. In addition, at least 5 references from books and/or scholarly journal articles, in addition to course textbooks and the Bible, must be included.

Research Paper: Part 2

The student will write a 2,400–2,700-word research-based paper in current Turabian format. The paper must address the character of Peter, from his immaturity as a young fisherman to his maturity to lead the church. It must integrate relative scripture passages to demonstrate God’s progressive work in Peter’s life and character to lead as well as integrate application and implications for the chaplain’s character to lead. In addition, at least 5 references from books and/or scholarly journal articles, in addition to course textbooks and the Bible, must be included.

Research Paper: Part 3

The student will write a 2,400–2,700-word research-based paper in current Turabian format. The paper must address the competence of Peter, from his seasoned priorities to his mature convictions. It must integrate relative scripture passages to demonstrate God’s progressive work in Peter’s life to lead with competence and integrate application and implications for the chaplain’s competence to lead. In addition, at least 5 references from books and/or scholarly journal articles, in addition to course textbooks and the Bible, must be included.

Analytical Book Review

The student will write a 2,400–2,700-word critical evaluation of the required text, consisting of a summary and a critique. The summary must focus on the main ideas and significant themes in the book as well as an account of the author’s overall purpose in writing. The critique section must contain a well-thought-out critical interaction with the author’s thesis and the main points of the argument he presents in the book. The critique must present the strengths and weaknesses as well as an overall evaluation of the book. The paper must be accomplished in current Turabian format.

Chaplain Strategic Leadership Plan

In 3,000–3,600 words, the student will create a ministry leadership plan unique to his or her chaplain field. The plan must address personal and professional leadership areas of concern. This paper must be in current Turabian format and at least 7 references from books and/or scholarly journal articles, in addition to course textbooks and the Bible, must be included.