In this unit students will enhance their professional and vocational development by examining theological and practical perspectives on Christian leadership, appraising their own leadership development, and analysing contemporary themes and practices in Christian leadership. Students will focus on issues such as these, at postgraduate level: • Biblical and theological issues in Christian leadership. • Analysing personal leadership development patterns and developing as a Christian leader. • Leading and managing churches and organisations. • Learning about leadership and ministry from global voices. • Current issues in Christian leadership, such as systems theories, emotional and cultural intelligence, leadership styles and approaches, building teams, women in leadership, organisational structures, missional leadership, conflict transformation, leading change and spiritual leadership.

Unit code: DA9095S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate and propose biblical and theological principles for Christian leadership.


Critically assess 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.


Evaluate their own strengths and growth areas as leaders, and construct strategies for developing leadership competencies, character, and understanding.


Examine and integrate cross-cultural (Western and Developing World) perspectives on ministry and leadership.

Unit sequence

48 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.
  • Martin Linsky and Ronald A. Heifetz. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading. Harvard: HBR Press, 2002.
  • Robert J. House, Strategic Leadership Across Cultures: GLOBE Study of CEO Leadership Behavior and Effectiveness in 24 Countries. Thousand Oakes, CA: SAGE, 2013.
  • 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 (%)

Theological rationale for Christian leadership 1000 words

1000 15.0

Major Essay 3500 words

3500 45.0
Case Study

Case Studies 2 x 500 words

1000 25.0

Minor Essay 1500 words

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-19 12:00:44 +1100