Leadership & Cultural Contextualization – CLED 745

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

Course Description

This course assists leaders in defining “a vision for a preferred future” that is culturally and contextually appropriate. The course involves an analysis of the leader’s role as a communicator within and outside the organizational structure. It includes a focus on the role of public and private communication channels in moving the vision and mission of the organization forward. The course looks at communication success and failure in the context of culture, crisis and change. Skill sets are developed for leading people within the culture and ministry leadership context.


CLED 700, CLED 720, Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership


Leadership no longer finds itself with the convenience of a single cultural environment. The global community has become a vital part of nearly every organizational environment. The Christian leader, by calling, must understand how the diversity of cultures can offer powerful opportunities to build community among leadership teams to accomplish the mission of the Christian ministry or organization with greater effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify critical components of their leadership environment that help or hinder effective leadership. (PLO 2)
  2. Assess their personal cultural intelligence quotient. (PLO 2)
  3. Develop strategy for applying CQ insights to developing ministry leaders in the local church and/or Christian organization. (PLO 3)
  4. Explain the biblical foundations that require leaders to accurately understand the various and always changing cultural and ministry contexts both corporately and interpersonally. (PLO 1)

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.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. 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 and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Critiques (2)

The student will write 2 Book Critiques that are 750–1,000 words and in current APA format. Book Critique 1 covers Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. Book Critique 2 covers Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation through Diversity.

Leading in Cultural Context Paper – Proposal

The student will present a proposal for the Leading in Cultural Context Paper that identifies the specific topic of the paper, a suggested thesis statement for the paper, and at least 10 sources for the paper. The paper must address a topic related to leadership in diverse cultural environments. This assignment must be in current APA format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography with at least 20 sources (including at least 5 articles, at least 5 books, and no more than 3 websites) in preparation for the Leading in Cultural Context Paper. The annotations must demonstrate how the resources are likely to be important to a thorough academic analysis of the student’s topic or the application of cultural contextualization to one’s leadership environment. The student will display critical analysis and interaction between writers rather than an “encyclopedic” listing style. Each annotation must be 150–200 words and in current APA format.

CQ Assessment

The student must complete the Cultural Intelligence Assessment online. Following the assessment, the student will write a reflection of at least 1,500 words. The report and reflection will be submitted in Blackboard.

Leading in Cultural Context Paper

The student will write a 4,000–5,000-word research-based paper in current APA format on a topic that focuses on leading a multicultural ministry team. The paper must include at least 15 sources in addition to the course textbooks and at least 20 citations in addition to at least 2 biblical references.

Reflection on Course

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following areas related to leadership and cultural contextualization: 1) biblical community, 2) cultural intelligence, and 3) leading in a multi-cultural environment?”