This unit seeks to advance the ministerial leadership effectiveness of participants as missional leaders in their ministry contexts. It includes an integrative analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem-solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants. The unit will follow three main tracks of study: personal spiritual formation, ministry context analysis, and leadership studies. Students will be encouraged to integrate all three streams in developing leadership capacities to enable and empower spiritual growth and engagement in mission within their contexts.

Unit code: DA9393S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate and propose biblical and theological principles for Christian leadership development.


Critically assess diverse practical and theological approaches to Christian leadership development.


Appraise current issues in Christian leadership development, while integrating perspectives from their other theological studies.


Evaluate their own strengths and growth areas as leaders (and their own leadership development journey), and construct strategies for developing leadership competencies, character, and understanding.


Develop an advanced and critical Personal Leadership Discernment and Development Plan.

Unit sequence

Completed by students doing the STC-UD-ACU Doctor of Ministry (and, consequently, the UD Grad Dip Divinity, Reg. 81)


Teaching strategies include lectures; research; class discussion and debates; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, podcasts, videos, and audio; online course and multimedia materials.

Indicative Bibliography

Barton, Ruth Hayley, Strengthening the soul of your leadership: Seeking God in the crucible of ministry. Downers Grove, IVP Books, 2008.

Barton, Ruth Hayley. Pursuing God’s will together: A discernment practice for leadership groups. Downer’s Grove, Ill.: IVP Books. 2012.

Bonem, Mike and Roger Patterson. Leading from the second chair: Serving your church, fulfilling your role, and realizing your dreams. San Francisco: Josey-Bass. 2005.

Clinton, J R, The making of a leader: Recognizing the lessons and stages of leadership development, Colorado Springs, NavPress, 1988.

Cormode, Scott. Making spiritual sense: Christian leaders as spiritual interpreters. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

Friedman, Edwin. Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. New York: The Guilford Press. 1985.

Heifetz, Ronald A., and Marty Linsky. Leadership on the line: Staying alive through the dangers of leading. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

Rath, Tom. Strengthfinder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press, 2007.

Roxburgh, Alan J., and Fred Romanuk. The missional leader: Equipping your church to reach a changing world. Leadership Network Series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Smith, Stephen. Inside job: Doing the work within the work. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015.

Steinke, Peter L. Congregational leadership in anxious times: Being calm and courageous no matter what. Lanham, MD: Bowman & Littlefield. 2006.

Walker, Simon P. The undefended leader: Leading out of who you are; leading with nothing to lose; leading with everything to give, Piquant Publishers, Carlisle, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Leadership Biography Paper 1500 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper - Critical Theological Paper 2000 30.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation - Personal Leadership Discernment and Development Plan 3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 26 Oct, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-10-26 14:27:00 +1100