The Life of Leaders – LEAD 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

This course will explore the lives of great leaders throughout history. Leadership is not a distinctively Christian practice. Leadership is found in all segments of society and culture. Thus, this course will explore the personal lives, traits, practices and disciplines of leaders in various sectors of cultural history including religious leaders, political leaders, military leaders, and business leaders. Specific attention will be given to the process of interpreting leadership from a distinctively organizational perspective, as performed by great leaders, and applying these leadership lessons into an organic perspective of Christian leadership in ministry. (Formerly CLED 520)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A person’s Christian spiritual development and human development will impact life and vocation. As a result, the leader should have a clear understanding of how those areas affect life and vocation. An effective leader will integrate successfully the areas of Christian spirituality and human development into a positive Christian leadership style.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 350–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200–250 words. (CLO: A, B, D, E)

Journal Reflection Assignments (4)

Every two weeks, the student will submit a Journal Reflection Assignment. In each of these assignments the student will respond to three journal prompts based on course material (CLO: A, B, D, E).

Shepherd Leadership Assignment

In this assignment, the student will research and write on the shepherd motif as a leadership picture. This assignment will then essentially become a theology of [shepherd] leadership (CLO: C).