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: DP9145B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Discuss the value of healthy team work for effective ministry


Analyse a number of models of team development and dynamics


Discuss characteristics and skills required for leading healthy teams in ministry


Critique strengths and weaknesses in the functioning of ministry teams


Formulate a strategy for increasing the capacity of a ministry team

Unit sequence

24 Points in DP


This unit will be taught face to face with lectures, discussions, tutorials, DVD clips and experiential exercises.

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase

Burke, Rory, and Steve Barron."Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams". West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Cobb, Anthony. "Leading Project Teams: The Basics of Project Management and Team Leadership". Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.

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

Gangel, Kenn. "Coaching Ministry Teams: Leadership and Management in Christian Organizations". Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2006.

  • 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.

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

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 2800 40.0
Essay - Short Essay 1400 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial - Tutorial 2800 40.0

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

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