This unit engages students in a dialogue between leadership theory and Christian context, in light of key theological understandings (for example, theology of the cross, vocation, new life in Christ) and reflection on formation of personal leadership practice.

Unit code: DA9001L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Critically engage with contemporary leadership models


Articulate theological concepts which underpin leadership practice relevant to a contemporary Christian context


Critically analyse contemporary leadership models for a Christian context


Apply leadership and theological theory relevant to their own development as a leader in a Christian context


Demonstrate competence in the methodologies and skills of research appropriate to the dialogue between education and theology

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 postgraduate unit in theology, ministry and education courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Berntsen, John A. Cross-shaped leadership: on the rough and tumble of parish practice. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2008.
  • Branson, Mark Lau, and Juan Francisco Martínez. Churches, cultures & leadership: a practical theology of congregations and ethnicities. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • Brown, Brene. Dare to lead: brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts. London, UK: Vermilion, 2018.
  • Duignan, Patrick. Educational leadership: together creating ethical learning environments. 2nd ed. Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Fryling, Robert A. The leadership ellipse: shaping how we lead by who we are. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2010.
  • Fullan, Michael. Nuance: why some leaders fail and others succeed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2019.
  • Marshall, Stephanie Pace. The power to transform: leadership that brings learning and schooling to life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
  • Reeves, Kenneth. The whole church: congregational leadership guided by systems theory. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019.
  • Root, Andrew. The relational pastor: sharing in Christ by sharing ourselves. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2013.
  • Shields, Carolyn M., ed. Transformative leadership: a reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Engagement with leadership theory

2400 40.0

An interaction between leadership theory and personal leadership practice

3600 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

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