Advanced Studies in Leadership for Mission

10 Units

This course deals at an advanced level with contemporary approaches to leadership, mission and spirituality. The course is designed to enhance students' ability to approach each of these core elements in Christian leadership in a discerning way. It also provides an integrated approach. As a result it is expected that leaders will be able to provide a critique not only of various approaches to mission, leadership and spirituality, but also to any lack of appropriate integration of these elements in their own leadership or that of others.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Seminar - Broken Bay Institute)
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of mission theology and their relevance to Christian leadership;
  • Articulate key features in contemporary models of leadership and critique these in the light of Christian principles;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the context in which their leadership occurs and the impact context has on the way followers see the world;
  • Articulate and appreciate the scriptural foundations of mission and leadership; value the plural nature of the Christian leadership tradition and appreciate the implications for how leadership may be exercised;
  • Examine and address the balance between the need for compliance and the need to both respond to and generate aspiration in respect of local needs; articulate their own spirituality for leadership and devise a strategy for nurturing this spirituality;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ecclesial requirements with respect to leadership in their Church community;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the situation of and pressures on other leaders working in the local Church and demonstrate insight into what collaboration might mean in practice.

Themes will include: (i) Conceptions of Leadership - Modern conceptions of leadership; the importance of context for leadership; the inner life of leaders; (ii) Leadership for Mission - Contemporary theologies of mission; Scriptural Foundations; leadership in the Christian tradition; women in mission; the art of theologising. (iii) Modalities in Christian Leadership - Frameworks for missional leadership; specific dimensions of leadership; assessing leadership effectiveness. (iv) The Practice of Leadership - Formulating the mission of the group; essential arts in leadership; perspectives on leadership; ecclesial requirements; keeping the mission alive.

Replacing Course(s) THEO6020
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6020 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6020.
Assumed Knowledge Some practical experience of leadership.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2000-2500 words (50%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2000-2500 words (50%)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60201

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