Critical Issues in Ministry Leadership – CLED 325

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

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to various issues that impact both local church and parachurch ministry leaders. The student will develop an understanding of the role of the Christian leader’s growth, priority of family in ministry, and contemporary issues related to ministry infrastructure.




In this course, careful attention will be given to the many areas of responsibility that a Christian leader, who is called by God, must understand and balance. Careful instruction will also be given to practical methods of application, which will be beneficial in ministry duties.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the importance of spiritual growth in the life of a leader.
  2. Understand the biblical priorities of marriage and family in ministry.
  3. Identify vital administrative matters essential to Christian leadership success such as: vision development, strategic planning, legal documentation, and safety issues.
  4. Display understanding of biblical success in ministry as a leader

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)


The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge using the course reading materials and appropriate Scripture. At least 3 references from the Hughes & Hughes text must be included.


In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must include scriptural support and personal insights and must be at least 150 words.

Five-Year Personal Growth Plan

The student will write a 3–4-page paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a detailed daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan relating to life and ministry. The paper will also include a plan to read 10 books and memorize 70 Scriptures.

Family in Ministry Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current Turabian format that describes his/her philosophy of balancing family and ministry priorities. The paper must incorporate insights from the Fernando textbook, as well as relevant Scripture in order to support the student’s thoughts and ideas.

Ministry Leader Interview Paper

The student will write a 3–5-page paper in current Turabian format that includes a transcript and summary of an interview with a vocational ministry leader (full-time or bi-vocational)—such as a pastor, church staff member, camp director, denominational leader, etc. In addition to the provided questions, the student must create at least 5 additional questions for the interviewee to address.

Book Analysis

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an analysis of the Hughes’ textbook. The paper must include the following sections: summary, strength analysis, weakness analysis, favorite quotes, and personal reflection.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the specified modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.