This unit focuses on the fact that graduates will, in many ways, assume positions of leadership within the Christian community. The roles will differ but this unit will help students develop principles and practices of leadership that are coherent with their personal faith commitment and their theological studies. Drawing on the sources of faith (Scripture, Tradition, experience) and the literature on leadership, students will develop methods for theological reflection, an understanding of the relationship between faith and community, an examination of qualities of leadership, pastoral planning skills, and creative approaches to the challenges that confront all who are called to leadership

Unit code: XS9992Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other S

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Outline biblical and theological approaches to leadership


Evaluate Christian appropriations of contemporary leadership models


Apply insights from the various disciplines of theology to the practice of pastoral leadership


Develop approaches to pastoral planning and leadership


Explain a personal approach to pastoral leadership in a faith community

Unit sequence

Capstone unit to conclude a Master’s degree (as required by AQF and UD)


Weekly class of three hours conducted face to face. Class begins with a student centered review of the set reading for the week which then flows into lecture and discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Expanded Edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018.
  • Davies, Mervyn and Graham Dodds. Leadership in the Church for a People of Hope. London: T & T Clark, 2011.
  • Day, David and John Antonakis, eds. The Nature of Leadership. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012.
  • Doohan, Leonard. Courageous Hope: The Call of Leadership. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2011.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
  • Gula, Richard M. The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011.
  • Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota. True Leadership. St Paul, MN: Sophia Consulting, 2015.
  • Massaro, Thomas. Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008.
  • Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc., 2010.
  • Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1989.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 6,000 words

6000 85.0
Annotated Bibliography

Outline & bibliography for final essay (1000 words)

1000 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

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