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: LE9740Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Leadership

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Critically analyse the nature of leadership from a Christian perspective


Critically evaluate models and styles of leadership and their applications to a given context


Critically reflect on personal experiences in leadership to inform future leadership praxis


Critically evaluate the value of effective leadership in the mission and ministry of the church


Employ knowledge and skills developed in the unit to critique and develop resources suitable for selected ministry context(s)

Unit sequence

A Level 9 unit in postgraduate 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

Critical analyses of leadership in context

1500 20.0
Film or Video

Text review(s)

1500 20.0

Christian perspectives on leadership

3000 35.0
Learning Resource

Professional Practice Application

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 31 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-31 10:31:57 +1100