Grounded in a practical theological framework, this unit will enable students to identify and articulate a personal sense of leadership formation. Students will explore key leadership competencies; reflect on the integration of their belief and their behaviour; and communicate their understanding of Christian leadership as they engage with real-world contexts with a focus on promoting positive change in the world. A feature of this unit will be receiving input from a variety of Christian leaders and entrepreneurs. Specific formational issues will be explored such as: understanding influence, transformational spiritual practices, an integrated approach to theology and work, resilience and character.

Unit code: DP8002S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate self-learning goals and objectives to achieve these goals.


Analyse core aspects which impact the way in which belief and behaviour are integrated in credible Christian leadership


Evaluate a range of personal and theological perspectives on leadership, influence, and creating change.


Articulate a theologically coherent understanding of leadership formation.


Critically evaluate current scholarship in the area of leadership formation

Unit sequence


Lecture input and experiential methodology in contexts; Peer group discussion; Further response input from guest Christian leaders and entrepreneurs.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Brene. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts, Chicago: Random House, 2018.
  • Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness. Weaving Together Belief and Behavior, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2007.
  • Gibbs. Eddie. Leadership Next: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture, London: SPCK Publishing, 2005.
  • Long, Jimmy. The Leadership Jump. Building Partnerships Between Existing and Emerging Christian Leaders, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009.
  • Lyons, Gabe. The Next Christians. Seven Ways You Can Live The Gospel and Restore the World, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Multinomah Books, 2010.
  • Nouwen, H. In The Name of Jesus. Reflections on Christian Leadership, New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2002.
  • Palmer, Parker, J. A Hidden Wholeness. A Journey Toward an Undivided Life, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Sayers, Mark. Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm, Chicago: Moody Press, 2014.
  • Scandrette, Mark. Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011.
  • Schwehn, Mark R. and Bass, Dorothy C. (Editors)* Leading Lives That Matter. What We Should Do and Who We Should Be*, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006. (recommended for purchase)
  • Walker, Simon P. Leading Out of Who You Are. Discovering The Secret of Undefended Leadership, Carlisle: Piquant Editions Ltd., 2007.
  • Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God, HarperOne, 1998.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

750 word report (leadership)

750 15.0

1500 word report and response to readings

1500 30.0

750 word report (leadership)

750 15.0

3000 word essay (integrative)

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2021-12-20 08:58:07 +1100