Leadership & Cultural Contextualization – CLED 745

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

Course Description

This course assists leaders in defining “a vision for a preferred future” that is culturally and contextually appropriate. The course involves an analysis of the leader’s role as a communicator within and outside the organizational structure. It includes a focus on the role of public and private communication channels in moving the vision and mission of the organization forward. The course looks at communication success and failure in the context of culture, crisis and change. Skill sets are developed for leading people within the culture and ministry leadership context.

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


Leadership no longer finds itself with the convenience of a single cultural environment. The global community has become a vital part of nearly every organizational environment. The Christian leader, by calling, must understand how the diversity of cultures can offer powerful opportunities to build community among leadership teams to accomplish the mission of the Christian ministry or organization with greater effectiveness.

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 (4)

For these discussions, each student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 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 200 words. (CLO A & B)

Book Critique: Chester Assignment

The student will write a Book Critique that is 750–1,000 words and in current APA format. Book Critique: Chester covers Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. (CLO A & B)

The student will write a Book Critique that is 750–1,000 words and in current APA format. Book Critique: Livermore covers Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation through Diversity. (CLO A & B)

Leading in Cultural Context: Proposal Assignment

The student will present a proposal for the Leading in Cultural Context Paper that identifies the specific topic of the paper, a suggested thesis statement for the paper, and at least 10 sources for the paper. The paper must address a topic related to leadership in diverse cultural environments. This assignment must be in current APA format. (CLO C & D)

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography with at least 20 sources (including at least 5 articles, at least 5 books, and no more than 3 websites) in preparation for the Leading in Cultural Context Paper. The annotations must demonstrate how the resources are likely to be important to a thorough academic analysis of the student’s topic or the application of cultural contextualization to one’s leadership environment. The student will display critical analysis and interaction between writers rather than an “encyclopedic” listing style. Each annotation must be 150–200 words and in current APA format. (CLO C & D)

CQ Assessment Assignment

Students will complete the CQ Assessment prior to completing the CQ Assessment Reflection Assignment. The grade for the CQ Assessment will be automatically posted to the Gradebook. (CLO B)

CQ Assessment Reflection Assignment

The student must complete the CQ Assessment online (the grade will be automatically posted once completed). Following the assessment, the student will write a reflection of at least 1,500 words. (CLO B)

Leading in Cultural Context: Paper Assignment

The student will write a 4,000–5,000-word research-based paper in current APA format on a topic that focuses on leading a multicultural ministry team. The paper must include at least 15 sources in addition to the course textbooks and at least 20 citations in addition to at least 2 biblical references. (CLO B, C, & D)

Reflection on Course Assignment

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following areas related to leadership and cultural contextualization: 1) biblical community, 2) cultural intelligence, and 3) leading in a multi-cultural environment?” (CLO C & D)