Leadership and Management Theory – CLED 820

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

Course Description

This course provides a critical examination of historic and contemporary leadership theories, principles and practices. This course also includes an analysis of each theory’s worldview assumptions, scientific worthiness and potential contribution to the leadership and management of faith-based organizations. Authentic, transformational, and servant leadership theories are studied in light of biblical examples, principles, and theological understandings of leadership.


Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership, CLED 800


Due to a Christian worldview perspective, Christian leadership and management should be distinguishable in practice as well. While Christian leaders seek to understand, integrate, and apply diverse management and leadership theories within their organizational context, to do so in a Christian manner, leaders must first process those theories through a Christian worldview perspective. This course is designed to assist the Christian leader in the hard work of critically examining and appropriately integrating theory into practice within the faith-based and market place context in an approach that is consistent with a Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the similarities and differences between leadership, management, and administration.
  2. Formulate a definition of servant leadership and team ministry.
  3. Begin to formulate a Personal Theology and Philosophy of Leadership that integrates research findings in the social sciences with a biblical worldview.
  4. Compare and contrast contemporary leadership and management theories with biblical principles of leadership and management.
  5. Evaluate differing philosophies of leadership, management, and organization with regards to their appropriateness in Christian ministry and organizational management.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video 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 (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 6 Discussion Board Forums. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 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 150 words. (MLO A–B)

Theorist Paper

The student will write and submit a paper on a major management or leadership author, theorist, or thinker from the list provided in the assignment instructions. Only 1 student will be allowed to write on a theorist and selections must be approved by the instructor prior to beginning this assignment. Selections will be made during the first module/week of the course using the course “Selecting Your Theorist Wiki.” This assignment must be 12–20 pages, written in current APA style, and have a minimum of 10 high-quality academic citations. (MLO D–E)

Theorist Executive Summary and PowerPoint Slides

Using the Theorist Paper created for this course, the student will complete an executive summary of his or her paper that is 600–1000 words. The executive summary will be in current APA style, but will be single-spaced. A set of 4–8 PowerPoint slides will also be submitted with the executive summary. These will be in bullet point form. The purpose of this assignment is to prepare the student and fellow students for comprehensive exams. (MLO D–E)

Theology and Philosophy of Leadership and Management

The student will produce a 8–12-page paper presenting his or her personal model for the integration of leadership and management theory with a Christian worldview. The paper is to demonstrate integrative thinking leading to a distinctively Christian outlook on leadership and management. This work should reflect the student’s own perspective but must appropriately cite all resources used and must be written in current APA style. (MLO C–E)