This unit explores issues of leadership within Christian communities, giving particular attention to missional contexts. Consideration is given to: understandings of leadership in conjunction with a missional vision and ecclesiology; leading in times of rapid change; modes of leadership and their impact; and the importance of the leader’s character and spirituality. Emphasis is placed on creative leadership in contemporary contexts.

Unit code: DM9705B (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate at least two modes of leadership highlighting inherent strengths and weaknesses


Discuss connections between character, spirituality, leaders and followers.


Analyse issues of change within a local church community and identify a leadership response.


Assess points of congruence and tension between leadership theories and faith based frameworks


Research and propose a model of missional leadership for a Christian community

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: DA9105B Leadership in a Missional Context, code change for unit.


Lectures, group work, online forums, videos

Indicative Bibliography

  • Avery, Gayle C. & Bergsteiner, Harald. Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee & Locust approaches. New York: Routledge. 2011.
  • Cole, Neil. Organic Leadership: Leading naturally right where you are. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009.
  • Ford, Lance. Unleader: Reimagining leadership… and why we must. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press. 2012
  • Grundy, Malcolm. What’s New in Church Leadership: Creative responses to the changing pattern of church life. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007.
  • Hill, Graham. Salt, Light and a City: Introducing missional ecclesiology. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock. 2012
  • Keel, Tim. Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a paradigm of narrative, metaphor and chaos. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007.
  • Kellerman, Barbara. Bad Leadership: What it is, how it happens, why it matters. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.
  • ______. Followership: How followers are creating change and changing leaders. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2008
  • Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z. Credibility: How leaders gain it and lose it, why people demand it. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
  • Roxburgh, Alan J. Missional Map-Making: Skills for leading in times of transition. San Francsico: Jossey-Bass. 2010
  • Roxburgh, Alan J. and Romanuk, Fred. The Missional Leader: Equipping your church to reach a changing world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
  • Sendjaya, Sen. Personal and Organizational Excellence Through Servant Leadership: Learning to serve, serving to lead, leading to transform. Springer: Switzerland, 2015.
  • Van Gelder, Craig. (ed) The Missional Church and Leadership Formation: Helping congregations develop leadership capacity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

4000 word integrative essay

4000 60.0
Seminar or Tutorial

3000 word seminar paper

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-18 15:37:50 +1000