This unit is designed to provide knowledge and skills for developing and leading teams in a ministry context. Students will examine developmental stages of teams and healthy team dynamics as foundational concepts for effective team ministry. The leadership of ministry teams is explored though strategies such as effective communication, identifying strengths and weaknesses of the team and enlarging the capacity of the team.

Unit code: DP3145B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Explain how healthy team work is important for effective ministry


Analyse a variety of models of team development and dynamics


Describe characteristics and skills required for leading healthy teams in ministry


Identify strengths and weaknesses in the functioning of ministry teams


Assess strategies for increasing the capacity of a ministry team

Unit sequence

36 points in DP


This unit will be delivered through lectures, class discussions, tutorials, audio-visual clips and experiential exercises.

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase

Adington, T.J., Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower and Release High-Impact Ministry Teams. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 2010.

Crosby, Robert. The Teaming Church: Ministry in an Age of Collaboration. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2012.

  • Hartwig, Ryan, and Warren Bird. Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership. Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2015.

Hawkins, Peter. Leadership Team Coaching in Practice: Developing High-Performance Teams, 3rd ed.London: Kogan Page, 2017.

Hibbert R., and Evelyn Hibbert. Leading Multicultural Teams. Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2014.

Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2002.

Macchia, Stephen A. Becoming a Healthy Team: Five Traits of Vital Leadership. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

Pickard, Stephen. Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry. Surrey: Ashgate, 2009.

Toler S., and L. Gilbert. Leader Coach: Developing Effective Ministry Teams, Kansas: Beacon Hill, 2013.

Wallace, Curtis. The Leadership Gap: How to Build, Motivate and Organise a Great Ministry Team. Shippensburg: Destiny, 2011.

Wright, Alan N. Spiritual Dimensions of Team. St. Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study - Case Study 2000 40.0
Essay - Short Essay 1000 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial - Tutorial Presentation 2000 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000