This unit will explore the socio-cultural context in which ecclesial and educational leadership operates. Focusing on the importance of a shared vision that guides a faith community, it will explore the following issues: biblical foundations, approaches to and styles of leadership, ethical issues, goal setting, collaborative partnerships, spirituality, self-care, communication, management and conflict resolution skills, the identification and formation of aspiring leaders, professional development and client outcomes.

Unit Code: DR3481Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a vision for and an appropriate approach to leadership in a faith community


Identify biblical foundations for contemporary approaches to faith leadership


Identify and address a range of issues that a person in leadership must confront


Critically evaluate the tensions of leadership from a Christian perspective


Identify the core responsibilities of Christian leadership


Lecture, discussion, individual presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Class presentation of 30 minutes on one of the issues concerning leadership and leadership of a 15 minute discussion. Normally, presentation in weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of the unit with a 2,000 word paper due the following week. Learning outcomes will depend on what issue the student chooses to focus.

2000 40.0

Essay of 3,000 words on an approved topic

Possible essay options for Leadership in a Faith Community

  1. Develop a biblically based foundation for leadership in a contemporary faith community.

  2. The resolution of a critical leadership issue in a faith community.

  3. A framework for collaborative leadership in a faith community.

  4. An examination of ethical issues for leaders in a faith community.

  5. Alternative essay options are fine, but they must be approved, in writing, by the lecturer. (i.e., the student proposes, in writing, an essay and receives confirmation of topic from the lecturer)

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-25 15:50:01 +1000