Organization and Leadership in Ministry – CLED 450

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

Course Description

This course is designed to address areas of organization and leadership that may be unique to ministry organizations. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of the personal spiritual needs of the leader, common mistakes leaders make in ministry, and various truths that leaders need to learn in order to effectively manage people.




In order to develop healthy leadership within church ministry, two areas need to be addressed. One is obvious. Leaders need to develop their leadership skills. This course addresses this area by focusing on common mistakes that leaders make in an effort to help future leaders avoid those same mistakes. Additionally, leaders need to develop their skills in managing people. An area that is often overlooked is the potentially unhealthy spiritual condition of church leadership. Beyond the skill set needed in church leadership, this course seeks to address the important character of church leadership through humble self-reflection and change.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine ministerial culture and the culture of church ministry in general.
  2. Identify the dangers that are unique to leaders in church ministry.
  3. Explain common mistakes by leaders that are to be avoided in church ministry.
  4. Apply truths relating to the general category of people management such as: hiring, motivation, leadership, communication, team building, conflict management, performance evaluation, and organizational change.

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 (4)

The student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums. Each forum consists of a thread with at least 4 paragraphs of at least 4 sentences each, and at least 2 replies, each with at least 2 paragraphs of at least 4 sentences each. Each thread must include at least 2 references.

Biblical Decision-Making Model

The student will write an 800–1000-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a biblical model for decision making. The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Personal Ministry Plan

The student will write a 1200–1500-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a personal ministry plan that specifically seeks to avoid the pitfalls stated in the assigned readings.


The student will write a 1000–1200-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a general summary of an interview with a person in full-time ministry. The student will compose a list of at least 10 questions regarding the interviewee’s approach to biblical decision making. The paper must include a critique as to the strengths and weaknesses of the interviewee’s model.

Exams (3)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks up through the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 35 minutes.