Biblical & Theological Foundations of Leadership – CLED 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/27/2022

Course Description

This course is a study of the biblical and theological foundations of leadership as evidenced within Scripture. Learners examine theological themes and biblical assumptions that directly impact one's philosophy and practice of leadership. Students learn to think theologically about issues, and concepts drawn from the discipline of leadership. 

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

Rationale

Too often leadership has been viewed as either a set of personality traits or an innate power held by a select few. Conversely, Christian leadership is rooted in a biblical and theological acknowledgement that the ability and responsibility to lead others is a direct stewardship from God. As such, an individual’s position of leadership should be used to willingly advance God’s purposes within the life of the leader, those being led, and the organization itself.

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)

You will complete 3 discussions in this course. The discussions are utilized as a way to interact with the resources in the course, your professor, and your classmates. The discussions will be a way for students to apply their understanding of the principles being covered to their real-world experiences and wrestle through the concepts throughout the course.

The initial post is required to be between 300-400 words. Each week students are to provide 2 replies of 200-250 words each. Where appropriate in both the thread and replies, major points are supported by lecture material, Scripture, examples, and/or thoughtful analysis.

This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt. (CLOs: A, C, D)

Quiz: Research Librarian Consultation

The student will have a consultation with a research librarian through the Jerry Falwell Library. During the consultation a worksheet will be provided for the student, which will be updated for the quiz grade. (CLOs: A, B)

Approaching Leadership Studies Assignments

This assignment will be submitted in five parts. 

  • Approaching Leadership Studies: Priority 1 - Who is God? Assignment
  • Approaching Leadership Studies: Priority 1 - What is Humanity? Assignment
  • Approaching Leadership Studies: Priority 1 - What is Christian Leadership? Assignment
  • Approaching Leadership Studies: Priority 2 - Exposing Alternative Models Assignment
  • Approaching Leadership Studies: Priority 3 - Learning What You Can Assignment

The student will construct a biblical and theological foundation for Christian leadership. This foundation will be used to expose alternative models of leadership. See specific assignment instructions and relevant assignment guide found through Canvas. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)