In this unit students will explore theological and practical perspectives on Christian leadership with a view to equipping the student for Christian ministry and service. Students will explore Christian leadership theologies and practices while examining their own development as leaders. Students will focus on such issues as: • Biblical and theological issues in Christian leadership. • Developing as a Christian leader. • Leading and managing churches and organisations. • Current issues in Christian leadership, such as systems theories, leadership styles and approaches, women in leadership, cultural intelligence, conflict transformation, leading change and spiritual leadership.

Unit code: DA2095S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Outline biblical and theological principles for Christian leadership.


Describe diverse practical and theological approaches to Christian leadership and management.


Appraise current issues in Christian leadership and management, while integrating perspectives from their other theological studies.

Unit sequence

36 points in foundational units


4 weeks of face to face classes. 9 weeks of online classes, including virtual classrooms.

Teaching strategies include lectures; research; class discussion and debates; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, podcasts, videos, and audio; online course and multimedia materials.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Andrew Menzies and Dean Phelan. Kingdom Communities: Shining the Light of Christ Through Faith, Hope and Love. Eugene, OR; Wipf and Stock, 2019.
  • David Starling. UnCorinthian Leadership: Thematic Reflections on 1 Corinthians. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014.
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill. Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018.
  • Graham Hill. Holding Up Half the Sky: A Biblical Case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019.
  • Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (6th Edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2017.
  • Mark Branson and Juan F. Martinez. Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011.
  • Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018.
  • Tod Bolsinger. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Major Essay 2500 words

2500 50.0
Case Study

Case Studies 2 x 500 words

1000 25.0

Minor Essay 1500 words

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-11 13:54:01 +1100