MPP1171 - Leading the People of God
A course examining the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature. The case-study method of learning involves students in real, contemporary situations. Specialized attention is given to the pastor as leader.
The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:
- Distinguish among theories of leadership -- trait theories, behavioral theories, situational theories, transformational/charismatic theories, and contextual theories.
- Recognize the differences and similarities between leadership and management.
- Articulate the issues that distinguish leadership within the church from secular leadership while appreciating the similarities between the two.
- Apply Biblical principles of leadership to life.
- Describe methods of determining leadership effectiveness.
- Explain the competencies discovered of especially effective ministers within the Church of the Nazarene.
- Analyze real life leadership situations and apply competent leadership skills in the resolution of problems.
The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:
- CP2 Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building.
- CP3 Ability to cultivate, cast and strategically implement vision.
- CP4 Ability to lead congregations in the biblical stewardship of life resources.
- CP21 Ability to manage and implement biblically sound church administration utilizing appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
- CP22 Ability to assess and implement contemporary approaches to administration in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives.
- CH2 Ability to discern and make ethical decisions in the midst of a complex and/or paradoxical context within a Wesleyan framework.
- CH3 Ability to practice a moral pastoral leadership, informed by philosophical and theological ethics.
- CX4 Ability to analyze and describe congregations and communities.
It is recommended that the following modules be taken before taking this module: Telling the Old Testament Story of God, Telling the New Testament Story of God, Communicating with Spoken and Written Language, and Exploring Christian Ministry.