An advanced study of the personal leadership function of the pastor. Attention is focused on such topics as conflict management, decision making, long-range planning, motivation, and interpersonal relationships.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Pastors and church staff members are called to lead the church. Pastoral leadership must be derived from diligent biblical exegesis that lays an accurate theological foundation before the labor of leading Christ’s church can be engaged. This course also provides the basis for evaluating secular leadership models from a biblical perspective.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognize the important place that leadership has in church growth.
- Produce a plan to improve and strengthen leadership in the church.
- Develop a plan to produce successful change in a church or religious organization.
- Appraise potential resistance to change, with both rationale and possible response aimed at reducing that resistance.
- Classify, with examples, the typical causes of church conflict.
- Compare the various approaches to dealing with conflict in a church, determining the most appropriate means of resolving each type.
- Distinguish between good/positive conflict and bad/negative conflict.
- Design an assessment and evaluative tool for a program or ministry of a church or religious organization.
- Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and improve organizational structures.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
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 400–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 3 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Any sources used must be cited in current Turabian format. (MLO: A,F,G,H,I)
The student will write an annotated bibliography in preparation for the Biblical Leadership Paper: Final Submission Assignment. This bibliography must include an anticipated thesis statement and a bibliography of at least 20 related works. This bibliography must contain at least 5 books and at least 5 articles related directly to the anticipated thesis, and it must contain no more than 5 websites (not including e-books or scholarly articles found online). Any website used must have a direct, unique, and relevant bearing on the specific paper or research topic and how it will be utilized. For each source, the student must write a 150–200-word description, explain the general content of the source and how it contributes to the research topic. Current Turabian format must be used. ( MLO: A, B, C, D, F, G,H )
The student will submit a 4,000–5,000-word research paper on an assigned topic that focuses on developing a biblical theology on pastoral leadership. The student will have the opportunity to choose a topic from a predetermined list and submit it early in the course for instructor approval. The student must demonstrate strong critical reflection on the subject and accurate handling of the biblical text. The paper must also contain at least 20 sources. This assignment must use current Turabian format. ( MLO: A,B,D,E,H,I )
The student will write a Book Critique on Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership of 750–1,000 words. The student must review the Book Critique Instructions for more details. ( MLO: A, B, H, I )
The student will write a Book Critique on Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible, by Timothy S. Laniak, of 750–1,000 words. The student must review the Book Critique Instructions for more details. ( MLO: A, B, H, I )