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.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
The student will participate in 4 Discussions. Each consists of a thread with at least 300 words, and at least 2 replies, each with at least 150 words. Each thread must include at least 2 references. (CLOs: A,B,C,D)
Biblical Decision-Making Model Assignment
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. (CLOs: A & D)
Personal Ministry Plan Assignment
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. (CLOs: A,B,C,D)
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. (CLOs: A,C,D)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Modules: Weeks up through the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 35 minutes. (CLOs: A,B,C,D)