This unit introduces the student to the concept and practice of leadership from a Christian perspective. The topic will be explored utilising De Pree’s definition of Leadership as (a) Defining reality, (b) Servanthood, (c) Gratitude. Further theoretical breadth will be explored as attention is given to the five practices of leadership emanating from the research of Kouzes and Posner. Evaluation of team dynamics and conflict resolution will be included in consideration of leadership tasks.

Unit code: DP8795B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Analyse De Pree’s three dimensions of the leadership task and integrate other theoretical frameworks within a context of pastoral leadership


Critique a functional understanding of leadership in a team context


Evaluate at least one approach to conflict resolution


Articulate a personal model of leadership, providing a theological foundation, and an analysis of inherent strengths and weaknesses and formulate a leadership development plan


Identify points of connection, critique and dissonance with De Pree’s three dimensions model and the student’s theological foundations and pastoral context


Lectures, seminars, online forums, videos

Indicative Bibliography

  • Banks, Robert and Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Blackaby, Henry and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001.
  • Cameron, Kim. Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance. San Francisco: Berrett-Kohler, 2012.
  • De Pree, Max. *Leadership is an Art. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • Hesselbein, Frances and Shinseki, Eric K. Be, know, do: Leadership the Army way. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Jacobsen, Eric O.The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. (recommended for purchase)
  • Kouzes, James M and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003. (recommended for purchase)
  • Kouzes, James M and Barry Z. Posner (eds). Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2002.
  • Morgan, Gareth. Images of Organization. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006.
  • Nouwen, Henri.In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. Great Britain: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1994.
  • Wright, Walter C. Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service. United Kingdom: Paternoster Press, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Integrative Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000