This unit develops skills and capacities for leadership and management of change within faith-based and community organisations. It explores key approaches to and theologies for the management of change in groups, examines leadership as a vocation within the Christian community, and equips students with resources in the dynamics of personal and interpersonal decision-making.

Unit code: DP8002P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Analyse and evaluate contemporary approaches and procedures for the management of organisational change;


Demonstrate awareness of the impact of personality, preferred leadership styles, styles of learning, and other unconscious realities on group dynamics and decision-making;


Apply theological and organisational concepts to two case studies in organisational change, with an emphasis on setting priorities for change;


Articulate a theological vision for faithful leadership within community and/or church-based organisations.


Seminars, lectures, small-group discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anthony, Michael J., and James Riley Estep. Management Essentials for Christian Ministries. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005.
  • Davis, William Sanford. Shared Power, Authority, and Responsibility in Local Church Leadership: A Leadership Development Program Based on the Scriptures, Ellen G. White, and Paulo Freire. 1999.
  • Greenleaf, Robert K., Anne T. Fraker, and Larry C. Spears. Seeker and Servant: Reflections on Religious Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996.
  • Hernandez, Edwin I., Milagros Peña, and Kenneth G. Davis. Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Essays on Latino/a Religious Leadership. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • Manz, Charles C. The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus: Practical Lessons for Today. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1998.
  • Pue, Carson. Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Character, Calling and Competency. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2005.
  • Roberts, Richard H. Religion, Theology and the Human Sciences. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Robinson, Simon, Jonathan Smith, and Judit Kovács. Co-Charismatic Leadership: Critical Perspectives on Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership*. 2014.
  • Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks, and George F. Cairns. Beyond Theological Tourism: Mentoring As a Grassroots Approach to Theological Education*. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Townsend, Tony, John E. C. MacBeath, and Thuwayba Al-Barwani. International Handbook of Leadership for Learning. New York: Springer, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflective Journal (equivalent 3000 words)

3000 50.0
Case Study

Case study of organisational change 1500 words

1500 25.0
Case Study

Case study of organisational change 1500 words

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100