Module Narrative

Module Title: Introduction to Christian Leadership
Module Code: MIN400
Module Tutor:
Level: 4
Credit Points: 20 Credits
Compulsory or Optional: Required
Pre-requisites/co-requisites: None
Excluded combinations or modules: None
Mode of attendance: Mixed
Projected all years target:

This module aims to introduce students to an overview of the theological and practical issues relevant to the concept of Christian leadership today. It examines various leadership styles and skills and considers the role of women in Church leadership in the post-modern world. Students will reflect on theoretical perspectives of leadership with particular application to the leadership styles of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

1. evaluate the strengths and limitations of the theoretical concepts that underpin Christian leadership
2. discuss the five-fold leadership ministry matrix found in the Epistle to the Ephesians (chapter 4) and its application to leadership in today’s church.
3. discuss the diversity of opinion and perspectives surrounding the role of women in Christian leadership

This module will call for the successful student to demonstrate:

4. an ability to recognise and evaluate current practice in leadership skills relating to managing change, communicating vision, conflict management and dealing with opposition


Leaders: types, styles, power, authority; character, attributes and spirituality of leaders; leadership skills including managing change, communicating vision and dealing with opposition; team building, effective team management; mentoring and support; stress and conflict resolution; Jesus as a leader; the Apostle Paul as a leader; scriptural, historical and current global perspectives of Women in leadership

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Staff-led lectures introduce students to the theological and practical issues relevant to Christian leadership today.

Student-led discussion groups act as a focus for further discussion around topics arising from the lectures, and workshops allow students to explore contemporary issues and give opportunity for formative feedback prior to summative assessment.

Students prepare an essay plan prior to submitting a summative essay

Tutorial time enables Tutors to give formative feedback on draft essays, guidance to students on developing their presentations and constructive feedback on summative work.

Independent study to supplement these activities is an essential element of the programme, including reading and producing the module assignments.

Assessment Scheme

• Group Discussion and 1000 word reflective report (formative assessment

• Essay 2000 words (summative assessment)
• Written Examination (summative assessment)

Assessment Weighting

Essay 70%
Written Examination 30%

Adair, J. (2005) How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development.London: Kogan Page.

Nelson, J. Ed. (2008) How to become a creative church leader: A model handbook. Norwich: Canterbury Press.

Ascough, R. and Cotton, S. (2006) Passionate Visionary: Leadership Lessons from the Apostle Paul. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.

Briner, B. (2001) Leadership Lessons of Jesus. New York: Random House.

Cunningham, L. and Hamilton, D. J. (2000). Why Not Women? A Fresh Look at Scripture on Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership. Grand Rapids: Ywam Publishing.

Damazio, F. (1988). The Making of a Leader. Portland, Oregon: City Bible Publishing

Lawrence, J. (2004). Growing Leaders: reflections on leadership, life and Jesus. Oxford: BRF.

Stott, J.(2002). Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel and Ministry. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.

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