Organizational Leadership in the Church – LEAD 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

A truly effective leader understands the relationship between the organization’s success and the ability to develop other leaders within the organization. This course will examine how leaders are recognized and developed inside the local church. Skills necessary for developing and mentoring leaders for the local church will be examined from a biblical, philosophical and practical perspective.

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


The church is in a desperate situation. For years, seminaries have produced pastors skilled in studying and sharing the Word of God. The church needs leaders who can think critically and strategically on important ministries within the church. Additionally, church leaders must also understand how to train and develop key staff persons on their team. This course will provide church leaders on how to research current data and develop leaders at both a macro and a micro level.

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 Module1: Week 1.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. 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 the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Organizational Overview Essay Assignment

The student will write a 3–4-page essay in current Turabian format that provides an overview of the student’s current organization. Focus must be on an overview of the core values, vision, and mission/purpose of the organization. In addition, the paper must include an overview of the leadership structure of the organization. (CLO: B)

Team Assessment Assignment

The student will complete the Team Survey from Appendix B of the MacMillan text. After completing the Team Survey, the student will provide a 3–4-page summary of the assessment that incorporates the 6 questions related to the team survey as found in Appendix B. Any references used must be in current Turabian format. (CLO: C)

Organizational Change Action Plans Assignment

The student will write a 6–9-page action plan for his/her organization that incorporates the 6 team characteristics from Appendix B of the MacMillan text. The student will write 1.5–2 pages on each of the 6 characteristics for a total of 6–9 pages for the action plan. The student must include at least 6 scholarly sources in current Turabian format. (CLOs: A, B, C)

Course Reflection Essay Assignment

The student will write a 3–5-page reflection essay in current Turabian format. The essay will reflect on how the course has shaped the student’s thinking both personally and organizationally. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)