Building on the concepts of leadership expressed by James Mcgregor Burnes and Bass and Riggio’s, this unit explores models of transformational leadership in light of both Scripture and Christian leadership traditions. Students will explore the nature and practice of leadership with personal and organisational transformation as key objectives. The development of an informed and biblical model of transformational leadership alongside an intentional strategy for personal growth and development as a transformational leader will provide a key focus of the unit.

Unit code: DP3746B

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


Describe personal leadership styles in the light of biblical, historical and current organisational models


Discuss the significance of transformational leadership in transforming organisational culture in Christian ministry contexts


Identify links between personal renewal and organisational renewal


Explain the importance of personal renewal in the journey of transformational leadership


Assess a strategy for personal spiritual growth and renewal

Unit sequence

36 Points in DP with at least 18 points from an introductory leadership unit, for example DP2195B Leadership: Task and Challenge


Lectures, Tutorials, Personal reflection, Directed Case Studies

Indicative Bibliography

  • Banks, Robert, & Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006.
  • Bass, Bernard M., & Ronald E. Reggio. Transformational Leadership. Psychology Press, 2006.
  • Bohlman, Lee & Terrence Deal. Reframing Organizations: artistry, choice and leadership. New York: Wiley and Sons, 2017.
  • Bridges, William. Managing Transitions. London: Nicolas Brealey, 2002.
  • Crowley, Mark.* Lead from the heart: Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century*. Bloomington: Balboa Press, 2011.
  • Easum, Bill. Leadership on the Other Side: No Rules, Just Clues. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000.
  • Gibbs, Eddie. Leadership Next: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • Gibbs, E. & Ian Coffey. Church Next: Quantum Changes in Christian Ministry. Downers Grove: IVP, 2001.
  • Herrington, Jim, Robert Creech &Trish Taylor. The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
  • Lewis, Robert & Wayne Cordeiro. Culture Shift: Transforming Your Church from the Inside Out. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2005.
  • McConnell, William T. Renew your congregation: Healing the sick, raising the dead. Saint Louis:Chalice Press, 2007.
  • Roxburgh, Alan J, & Fred Romanuk. The Missional Leader. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, 2006.
  • Shelton, Edward J. Transformational Leadership: Trust, Motivation and Engagement. United States: Trafford Publishing 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Study 2,500 words

2500 50.0
Personal and Professional Evaluation

Personal-evaluation 1,250 words

1250 25.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 1,250 words

1250 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000