The Introduction to Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective Christian leaders for contemporary ministry and mission contexts. Students will explore the nature and dynamic of leadership, especially in relation to Christian ministry and mission, the value of effective leadership as integral to the mission and ministry of the church. Topics covered may include: Defining leadership, Theology and leadership, Leadership as influence, Models of Christian leadership (leader as servant, shepherd, change-agent, manager), Leadership styles, Leadership qualities.

Unit code: LE1740Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Leadership

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the nature of leadership from a Christian perspective


Identify a number of models and styles of leadership and their applications to a given context


Reflect on personal experiences in leadership to inform future leadership praxis


Discuss the value of effective leadership in the mission and ministry of the church

Unit sequence

A Level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Beaumont, Susan. How to lead when you don't know where you're going: leading in a liminal season. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.
  • Blackaby, Henry and Richard. Spiritual Leadership: Moving people onto God’s agenda. Nashville: B&H, 2011.
  • Brown, Brene. Dare to Lead: brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts. New York: Random House, 2018.
  • Champion, Denise, and Rosemary Dewerse. Anaditj. Port Augusta, SA: Denise Champion, 2021.
  • Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap and others don't. London: Random House, 2001.
  • Drucker, Peter F. Managing the Non-Profit Organisation. New York: Collins Business, 2005.
  • Edmondson, Amy C. The Fearless Organization: creating psychological safety in the workplace for learning, innovation, and growth. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2019.
  • Kaldor, Peter, Naomi Nash and Sophie Paterson. Rethinking Leadership: building capacity for positive change. Sydney: Thousand Lakes, 2017.
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
  • Livermore, David. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The real secret to success. New York: Amacom, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

An analysis of leadership in a selected context

1000 30.0
Film or Video

text review

1000 30.0

Christian perspectives on leadership

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 26 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-26 14:55:51 +1100