This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of leadership from a Christian perspective, and its implementation in a local mission context. Biblical and theological lenses will be used to explore leadership from a Christian perspective. Further theoretical breadth will be explored through best practice in secular organisational literature.

Unit code: DP2195B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the changing paradigms of leadership.


Explain the theological foundations of leadership.


Express a clear understanding of how to work effectively in teams.


Articulate an informed personal model of leadership.


Understand the key factors in resilient leadership.

Unit sequence

18 points in Field D for level 2


Lectures, seminars, online forums, videos, podcasts

Indicative Bibliography

Northouse, Peter L. Leadership: Theory and Practice. Los Angeles, SAGE Publications, 2022. (Set Text)

  • Abrams, Stacy. Minority Leader: How to Lead from The Outside and Make Real Change. New York: Henry Holt and Co. 2018
  • Banks, Robert and Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Blackaby, Henry and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2011.
  • Brown, Brene. Dare to Lead. New York: Random House, 2018
  • De Pree, Max. Leadership is an Art. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • Jacobsen, Eric O. The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Kouzes, James M and Barry Z. Posner (eds). Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2002.
  • Sandberg, Sheryl. Lead in: Women, Work and The Will to Lead. New York: Knopf, 2013
  • Wright, Walter C. Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service. 2 ed. (Rev). United Kingdom: Paternoster Press, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Essay 1000 25.0
Audio recording or Podcast - Recording 1000 25.0
Journal - Forum Posts - Journal 2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 19 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-19 16:43:31 +1000