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MPP1171 - Leading the People of God

Course Description

A course examining the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature. The case-study method of learning involves students in real, contemporary situations. Specialized attention is given to the pastor as leader.

Course Objectives

The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

  1. Distinguish among theories of leadership -- trait theories, behavioral theories, situational theories, transformational/charismatic theories, and contextual theories.
  2. Recognize the differences and similarities between leadership and management.
  3. Articulate the issues that distinguish Christian leadership from secular leadership while appreciating the similarities between the two.
  4. Apply Biblical principles of leadership to life.
  5. Describe methods of determining leadership effectiveness.
  6. Explain the competencies discovered of especially effective ministers within the Church of the Nazarene.
  7. Analyze real life leadership situations and apply competent leadership skills in the resolution of problems. 

The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to provide oversight of one's ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, and administration.(CP-5)
  • Ability to manage ministry resources of one's ministry (time, human, financial, etc.) in a way consistent with a church's size and characteristics.(CP-6)
  • Ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, vision, and to develop strategic plans in ways that strengthen a unified vision.(CP-7)
  • Ability to develop team building skills, identify and cultivate spiritual gifts, recruit volunteers, empower laity, diagnose and intervene in problems.(CP-8)
  • Ability to prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound basic scheme of administrative oversight in culturally appropriate ways, using appropriate techniques and skills.(CP-22) Deacon Administration
  • Ability to develop and utilize existing ministry forms (such as facilities management and safety assessment, personnel development, basic recordkeeping, maintaining church policies, etc.) by which individuals, families, and congregations may be formed into Christlikeness.(CP-23) Deacon Administration
  • Ability to assess and implement emerging approaches to administration in light of enduring theological (Bible, doctrine, philosophy) and contextual (history, psychology, sociological) perspectives.(CP-24) Deacon Administration

Course Prerequisites

It is recommended that the following modules be taken before taking this module: Telling the Old Testament Story of God, Telling the New Testament Story of God, Communicating with Spoken and Written Language, and Exploring Christian Ministry.

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